Dec, 2017

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Get the Facts About Sciatica Symptoms After a Car Accident

Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain that travels a specific path of this nerve, from the lower back and down through the back of the upper thigh. Sciatica is not a medical condition, but a symptom of a medical condition that causes this nerve to be pinched. Herniated spinal discs are the most common cause of sciatica and are not uncommon following a car accident.

Sciatica can cause acute or chronic pain depending on the cause. When the pain is acute, it typically subsides in approximately four to eight weeks with little to no medical intervention. When the pain is chronic, medical intervention is necessary to alleviate it. When talking to a lawyer, Sioux Falls residents requiring long-term care can learn if they are able to get help if someone else caused the accident that resulted in this condition.

Radiating Pain

Radiating pain is the most common symptom of sciatica. This pain varies greatly from person to person and can be mild to severe. The pain typically radiates from a person’s lower back, through their buttock and down the back of their leg. Radiating sciatic pain typically only affects one side of the body at a time.

How the Pain Feels

Some people only experience a mild ache when they have sciatica. Other experience excruciating pain. The excruciating pain is often described as burning and sharp. Some people experience an electric shock feeling that is very uncomfortable to severely painful. Some people will also experience a worsening of their pain when they sneeze and cough.

Pins and Needles

Pins and needles is another type of pain and discomfort that can be experienced by those with sciatica. This type of pain can be mild to severe and is described as feeling like ants are crawling on your foot and toes. However, this sensation may also be felt in the buttock and back of the calf.

Weakness and Numbness

Many people with sciatica pain will also experience some type of weakness or numbness in the affected area. They may experience pain in the buttock or the back of their thigh, but numbness or weakness in their calf or foot. The frequency and intensity of the weakness and numbness varies greatly. The weakness can be severe enough to interfere with walking or just barely noticeable. The numbness can be complete numbness or feel like a person’s foot or leg is half asleep.

Other Symptoms

In rare, but serious cases of sciatica a condition called cauda equina syndrome may occur. This causes loss of bowel or bladder control. Cauda equina syndrome is considered a medical emergency.

You can see that sciatica can be difficult to cope with. If yours is the result of a car accident that was caused by another party, you might consider talking to a personal injury lawyer in Sioux Falls to determine if you might have legal recourse.