With any type of lower back pain, the discomfort can often be more severe than the actual medical issue. Since humans rely so much on their back and legs for mobility and support, even the slightest twinge of pain can make the most menial tasks unbearable. If you’re suffering from sciatic pain, the shooting sensation down your leg can be extreme, even if the pinch or impingement of the nerve is rather minor. At the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, we can help you understand your sciatica and discover the true source of your pain.
The piriformis muscle is found in the buttock, behind the gluteus maximus. In some people, the sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis, and if the muscle becomes irritated or tightened, it can pinch or impinge on the nerve. This can lead to excruciating pain that may last for longer periods of time, but with proper treatment, it is possible to relieve the discomfort.
There are those patients who believe they are suffering from sciatica, when in reality, they simply have a muscle knot that is causing lower back and leg pain. The sciatic nerve might be impinged by the muscle knot, but it’s not the true source of the person’s pain. Our spinal specialists will thoroughly examine you to discover where the problem truly lies.
In some instances, a herniated disc can push on the sciatic nerve, causing the pain that is felt in the lower back, buttocks, and legs. By treating the herniated disc, the pressure on the nerve should be relieved, and you’ll be able to stand, walk, and carry things without discomfort.
What Kind of Pain Are You Experiencing?
If you think that you are experiencing sciatica, it’s important to take note of what kind of pain you have. A sharp, shooting pain can be a key indicator of sciatic nerve impingement, and this pain can occur from the lower back to below the knee. Also, if you’re experiencing numbness or pins and needles below the knee, it could be a sign that the nerve is being pinched. Of course, every patient’s condition is different, and it’s important to have a medical professional examine and diagnose the problem, instead of trying to self-diagnose and self-medicate. No matter your diagnosis, we’ll devise the best approach to treating and relieving your pain.
There are instances where spinal surgery is necessary to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. If that’s the case, we’ll explain the entire procedure and what you can expect in terms of recovery time. On the other hand, it could be a case of simply taking it easy for a few days, and reevaluating your condition after some time has passed. Above all, we want you to feel comfortable that you have made the right choice in trusting the team at CSI to care for you.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment and we’ll get to the bottom of your sciatic pain.
Colorado Spine Institute
4795 Larimer Parkway
Johnstown, CO 80534
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