Sciatica involves nerve pain from the lower back that can radiate down your leg. Approximately 40% of people in the United States may experience this pain at least once in life. Sciatica treatment from Dr. Daniel Benhuri in Beverly Hills can help you achieve long-lasting relief from your symptoms.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Symptoms of sciatica may include sharp, burning or stabbing pain sensations in your lower back or leg. This pain may become more severe if you sit or stand for long periods of time. You may also experience loss of bowel or bladder control and numbness or weakness, in severe cases. If you experience any of these uncomfortable symptoms, you may want to consult with your primary care doctor for treatment.
Lifestyle changes with diet and exercise plans recommended by your doctor can significantly reduce symptoms. Other treatments may include prescription medications, physical therapy and spinal injections. Surgery may be recommended in severe cases. Sciatica may cause permanent nerve damage if left untreated, which can make normal walking challenging.
Causes and Treatment of Sciatica
Sciatica may be caused by irritation or inflammation from pinching or compression of a nerve in the lower back. This typically happens from a herniated or slipped disk. In rare cases, compression from tumors or health conditions like diabetes can contribute to development. Certain factors can increase your risk, such as injuries, aging, obesity, heavy lifting, negative lifestyle habits and health conditions.
To provide an accurate diagnosis, your primary care doctor may check for muscle strength and reflexes during a physical exam. Other tests may include an x-ray, MRI, CT scan or electromyography. Treatment options may include a combination of medications, physical therapy, steroid injections and surgery. Your doctor may also recommend remedies you can use at home to alleviate symptoms.
Beverly Hills Sciatica Treatment
Sciatica can significantly impact your overall quality of life. As a highly credentialed primary care doctor specializing in internal medicine, Dr. Daniel Benhuri can recommend a personalized treatment plan for your health needs. New patients are welcome at the Beverly Hills clinic. If you need urgent care, evening and weekend hours are available. Schedule an appointment today.