In this video, Dr. Erik Moll discusses common conditions typically associated with sciatica and conditions with similar symptoms that are often misdiagnosed. He also reviews traditional treatment options and how to know whether or not you need an MRI or X-Ray. Finally, he explains why Airrosti is different. Our providers accurately diagnose the true source of your sciatic-like pain to effectively resolve your injury, often in as few as 3 visits.

Because sciatica can be a symptom of several different underlying problems, it’s important to seek care from a musculoskeletal expert who can properly assess and diagnose the injury and recommend an individualized treatment plan to eliminate the true source of pain and prevent future recurrence. Airrosti Providers are expertly trained to evaluate the specific cause of your symptoms. If you’re suffering from sciatic-like pain, schedule your Airrosti appointment today.

Sciatica/Sciatic-Like Pain

The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.

Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical condition—it is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself.

The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body—running from the lower back, through the buttock, and splitting to run down the back of the legs. It is responsible for controlling muscle movement in the thigh and other parts of the leg as well. However, the sciatic nerve is most well-known for causing some problems with people suffering from a herniated disc, lumbar spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, injury to the lower back, or any other condition that causes inflammation or irritation to this nerve.

Traditional Treatment Options

Sciatic-like pain is very common problem with a multitude of causes. Proper diagnosis can be difficult and—given the limited time many providers have to spend with each patient—usually requires imaging and other costly diagnostic tests. Treatment tends to focus more on affecting the symptoms and not treating the actual condition. Treatment options usually involve rest/limited activity, medications for pain management, and weeks of therapy.

At Airrosti, we don’t just treat your symptoms. Our providers conduct a thorough exam, including functional testing, to accurately determine if there are other conditions triggering your sciatic-like symptoms. In so doing, we’re able to accurately pinpoint and resolve the source of your condition, typically without the need for MRIs or X-Rays. Find an Airrosti Location near you.

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