Doctors' Choice Physical Medicine

Risks of Leaving Sciatica Untreated

Sciatica is very painful medical condition in which the patient experiences extreme pain and tingling sensations in his back, hip, legs and thighs. The pain is caused as a result of pressure exerted on the nerves, either due to any inflammation of the nerve or the narrowing of the spinal canal. Piriformis syndrome, lumber spinal stenosis and spinal disc herniation are common causes of sciatica pain in individuals. All can give the same pain but the reason for the pain and treatment is very different.  Chiropractic treatment is highly effective for relieving the patients of the painful condition.

Why Is It Important Not To Leave Sciatica Untreated?

It is very important for patients to recognize the symptoms and seek professional medical assistance for their sciatica condition. The doctor will perform specific tests to identify the cause of the sciatica pain in order to focus his attention on the specific treatment required for the condition.

If a patient does not seek medical assistance for his sciatica problem, it may result in his condition worsening with time. A number of possible problems can arise for the patient besides the continuous pain in the back/hip region and leg.

Untreated Sciatica = Permanent Nerve Damage

Patients who do not seek prompt medical help for their sciatica run a high risk of suffering from permanent nerve damage. In case of permanent damage to the sciatica nerve, the patient will experience excruciating pain in the back and legs, which will not be alleviated to a satisfactory level, even with the use of pain relieving medication.

Paralysis in the Affected Limb

Untreated sciatica may result in a loss of feeling in the affected limb, which in some cases also leads to difficulty in movement, and ultimately paralysis.  This is called foot drop.  The affected leg becomes devoid of all sensation and movement, hampering the patient already troubled with the excruciating pain.

Loss of Bladder Control

If the problem is coming from the your back and do not get medical treatment for the sciatica problem you can experience a loss of control in your bladder and bowels. This adds to the problems already faced while dealing with his sciatica condition.

An irritated sciatica nerve causes severe pain, tingling and numbing sensations in the legs and thighs, and cramps  and if severe a fever. Patients should seek prompt medical assistance for the correct identification and treatment of sciatica before the condition becomes incurable. Chiropractic treatment is considered as very effective for the treatment of sciatica pain in individuals.

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