Sciatica is nerve pain you start to feel in your lower back and eventually moves down into your leg, leaving you with discomfort. You can usually feel this pain on one side of your body at a time. Developing sciatica is the result of injury or irritation to your sciatic nerve, and one of the most frequent causes for sciatica is pressure from a herniated disc. Besides feeling pain and numbness in your lower back and feet, patients with sciatica can lose control of their bladder and other bowel movements.

sciaticaIf this is the case for you, we strongly recommend coming to see Dr. Layne Hermansen as soon as possible. During your appointment, our doctor may review your medical history and perform a physical examination. After this, he can discuss potential treatment options to help relieve your pain. Treatment options may include a prescribed a muscle relaxer, pain medication, or a referral for physical therapy, an MRI, a pain-management doctor or suregon.

You may be at risk of developing sciatica if you:

  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Work a job that requires heavy lifting
  • Have too much stress on your spine
  • Been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

To learn more about sciatica in Draper, Utah, and schedule an appointment with our family doctor, please call My Family Doctor at 801-542-7111.

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