WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIATICA
Many people involved in car accidents and work injuries in Florida are diagnosed with sciatica. However, they are not given further information about the condition. Below is additional information about sciatica. However, to get more specific information, you should consult with your doctor. Also, if your sciatica was caused by a Florida car accident or work injury, contact me for information regarding your rights and responsibilities. To Contact Attorney Matthew Noyes Regarding Your Florida Car Accident or Work Injury, Simply Click Here.
Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg. The symptoms of sciatica include:
- Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the rear
- A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.
It is crucial that you seek immediate medical attention with any symptoms of progressive lower extremity weakness and/or loss of bladder or bowel control.
As stated, two causes of sciatica are car accidents and work injuries. However, any condition that causes irritation to the sciatic nerve can cause the pain associated with sciatica. In many cases, sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated disc (also called a slipped disc or ruptured disc). Additional common causes of sciatica include:
- Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back)
- Degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae)
- Spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one)
Sciatica is diagnosed after a doctor takes your medical history and performs an examination of the back, hips, and legs in order to test for strength, flexibility, sensation, and reflexes. Other tests may include:
- MRI scans
- CT scans
- Nerve conduction studies to determine the health or disease of a nerve
Once you are diagnosed with sciatica from a car accident, work injury or other cause, treatment for sciatica focuses on relieving pressure and inflammation. Typical sciatica treatments include:
- Medical treatments. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, oral steroids, or epidural steroid injections help to relieve inflammation.
- Epidural steroid injections. Steroids, with their strong anti-inflammatory effects, are delivered at the origin of the inflamed sciatic nerve roots.
- Physical therapy. This treatment helps to prevent further episodes of sciatica.
- Surgery. Surgery may be warranted if the sciatic nerve pain is severe and has not been relieved with appropriate manual or medical treatments one)
Many of my client suffer from sciatica on a daily basis because of the negligence of another causing a car accident or from getting hurt at work. This condition and its pain effects most aspects of their lives. If you have been hurt–whether it is sciatica or another injury–because of the carelessness of a bad driver resulting in an automobile accident or injured at work, contact a lawyer who handles these types of case so you can understand your rights. Attorney Matthew Noyes’ law firm has been helping the injured for more than 52 years. Click Here To Contact Matthew Noyes.