As the name suggests, Sciatica is the pain that branches out along the path of the sciatic nerve. It radiates from the lower back and further spreads down to the buttocks and eventually each or any of the legs.
But back pain and leg pain can be of different types and can differ in intensity. So, how does one know if it is sciatica pain or normal leg pain? Here are some of the first signs of sciatica which calls for a visit to a specialist:
Lower Back Pain: As stated above, it all starts from tingling and frequently occurring lower back pain. There can be different reasons for lower back pain, but if the pain persists and other signs also starts showing up, it can be a reason to be worry.
Numbness: As the pain radiates, it causes a feeling of numbness in the leg(s). Even though it might be difficult to exactly pin point the area, the pain can be felt along the sciatic nerve. A orthopaedic doctor can help you better with the identification.
Sensation: The most common symptom of sciatica (which is exclusive to the condition) is the tingling pain in feet and toes. It feels like pins and needles are being poked into the feet. The pain increases with time, if there is no proper treatment.
Difficulty in sitting or standing: Sitting for prolonged period is difficult for people with sciatica symptom. Also, you might feel a severe pang of pain while changing positions (from sitting to standing).
These are just the first signs. Sciatica can be extremely painful and uncomfortable if not treated on time. It is therefore recommended that you consult a bone doctor specializing in sciatica treatment to identify the severity of the condition and start the treatment process right away.
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