Were you recently in a car accident, and now you are experiencing pain down your back and into your legs? You may have Sciatica.
Sciatica is a term used to describe pain that starts at your sciatic nerve, that starts in the lower back, and extends to the buttocks and then to the legs to the top of the foot. The pain can feel like electric shocks running inside your body. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest single nerve in the body. Sciatica is not a disease or disorder, it is just the term used to describe the symptom, which is the pain. Since sciatica is not a disorder, it is a symptom of an underlying problem, such as a herniated disc.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The most common sign of sciatica is pain that radiates from the lower spine area, down through your buttocks and into your legs. The pain itself can vary widely. It may feel like electrical shocks, or a sharp pain. It may even feel like a burning sensation or just extreme discomfort. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please see a doctor immediately. Other specific symptoms include:
- Numbness or muscle weakness. Look for this along the nerve pathway.
- Tingling or pins and needles. This occurs mostly in the foot area.
Was my sciatic caused by a car accident?
One of the most common cause of sciatica is a pinched nerve (nerve compression) caused by a herniated disc. So what caused the disc herniation? It could be normal every day wear and tear, or sitting on a chair wrong. Another cause is trauma, which is what happens to your body in a car accident.
So how do I treat sciatica?
In a lot of cases, sciatica will go away on its own. Your body will eventually heal. However, in cases where the sciatica is caused by a car accident, it may take a long while to fully heal, or it may never heal without medical treatment. In the more extreme cases, sciatica may not go away even after physical therapy and other conservative treatments.
If you were injured in a car accident and experience symptoms, seek medical treatment right away. Next, give our office a call at (800) 925-4525 to discuss your options and protect your rights.