Sciatic Nerve Damage Due to Puncture

Sciatic Nerve Leg PainSciatica is a very painful condition and one uncommon cause of sciatic nerve pain is due to the muscle being punctured, often as the result of a fall.

The actual term, sciatica, refers to any aching symptoms in the leg that follows a typical path. The pain always begins in the lower back and travels down the leg. The sciatic nerve is one of the longest nerves in the human body. The nerve begins slightly below the lumbar nerve roots that are found in the lower back. The nerve travels to the hip and then on the backside of each leg. This condition normally only involves one nerve tract, and thus is referred to as mononeuropathy.

Sciatic nerve damage is normally unilateral, but sometimes it is bilateral. This painful condition normally lasts anywhere from six to ten weeks. The sufferer will normally experience pain in the lower part of the back, buttocks and legs. Some may even experience pain all the way to their knees as it radiates lower and lower.

There are a lot of symptoms associated with sciatic nerve damage. Pain spreading from the lower back down the back of the legs is only one painful symptom. A person suffering from sciatica may also have a stiff back, foot pain, thigh pain and difficulty moving the legs. Legs may also grow weaker as time goes on. A terrible pain that shoots throughout the area may even make it hard to stand up.

Many conditions can lead up to sciatic nerve damage. One such common cause is direct trauma to the nerve itself. This may happen when a puncture occurs, which can be caused by an injection or even a fall. Punctures can also happen when a lumbar puncture is mishandled. If the administrator is even slightly off, the patient may run the risk of suffering sciatic nerve damage. Once this occurs, the nerve and tissue becomes agitated and inflamed.

There are several ways that sciatica can be diagnosed or investigated. Under most circumstances, a patient will first present their symptoms to a doctor. If deemed necessary, the doctor will proceed with one of several tests. A spinal x ray can help the doctor determine the underlying cause of the symptoms. If compression of the nerve root is suspected, an Electromyelogram is often used. CT scans are usually a great way to make a diagnosis because it gives a detailed view on the spinal canal. It also shows the tissues that are found in the cross section. Finally, an MRI is also another viable diagnostic tool. This will give a view of the ligaments and other soft tissue using a magnetic field to produce the image.

Once sciatic nerve damage is established, the patient has several treatment options. NSAIDs and oral steroids can be used for their anti inflammatory properties. When the pain is severe enough, pain killers are often prescribed. Decompression can be completed either by surgical or non surgical means. Stretching and physical therapy are both often recommended to patients. When needed, some doctors opt for Intradiscal Electrothermoplasty, or even Coblation Nucleoplasty to gain relief for their patient.

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Filed Under: Sciatic Nerve
Written By:
Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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2 thoughts on “Sciatic Nerve Damage Due to Puncture”

  1. Avatar ray olson says:

    I first experienced lower back pain in my lowe back while in training for the US Military at age 23. From the ages of 9-12 years I experienced Legg-Perthes disease and my right leg was braced and I walked with crutches. During this period my right leg did noy grow proprrtionately with left and was smaller and weaker lasting to this day. I am now 72 years of age and have experienced this lower back pain and pain in my right leg since. This has worsened to the point where I walk with a cane and wear a back brace. I cannot sit for long periods at a time and my walking is minimal. Could this be the result of nerve damage? My only relief is brief when I have accupuncture treatments. Please advise

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