BACK PAIN / SCIATICA
Pain is one of the most common complaints of patients when they go to the doctor. Pain in the lower back and legs is the most common area on the body to experience pain. Back pain can occur when lifting heavy objects, or can occur throughout the day even without extensive activity. Sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain, including tingling, numbness, or weakness that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. This can be either an acute problem that will resolve on its own in a few days or weeks, or this can be a chronic issue if symptoms continue for more than 3 months. We perform diagnostic testing to determine what the problem is and then design a care plan based on the diagnostic workup results. Care plans for chronic back pain and sciatica vary depending on severity but can include: lifestyle modifications, physical and occupational therapy, medications, steroid injections, and nerve blocks.