What is Sciatica?

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The sciatic nerve is known as the longest nerve found in the body. It originates from the pelvis and runs all the way to the feet. Because of its length, it is at risk for irritation and compression between various bones in the body. When the nerve becomes compressed and irritated, the pain is called sciatica. If you want to know more about this condition, we at Tulsa Pain Doctor, Dr. Parchuri can give you all the information you need. In this article, we will tackle everything that you need to know about sciatica, but should you have even more questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 539-664-4448.

There are many possible causes of this condition. Out of all the causes, the most common is a slipped disc. A slipped disc, also known as herniated disc, is a condition in which the discs of the spine rupture. This results to the leaking of the gel inside the disc. Other causes include narrowing of the nerve passages located in the spine, also known as spinal stenosis, infection and even injuries. In some cases, growth of a tumor may also cause sciatica. While there are many different causes of sciatica, you may have an additional medical condition causing the sciatica, which will also need to be treated so that the symptoms go away.

The most common sign of sciatica is pain. The severity of the pain may be mild to severe. The pain can usually be felt from the lower back right down to your calf. Aside from the pain, other signs and symptoms include tingling sensation, numbness on the affected part, weakness of the muscle and loss of tendon reflex. Of these signs and symptoms, there can be one or more of them happening at any given time. You don’t have to have all of them for you to still be diagnosed with sciatica. When it comes to the pain, just like what we have mentioned earlier, the severity varies from one person to another. However, there are aggravating factors that can increase the pain level such as standing or sitting for a long period of time, backward bending and sneezing or coughing. Sitting and standing for long periods can also make the area more numb than usual and have it last for a longer period of time as well.

Your Tulsa Pain Doctor will talk to you about the best treatment option for your unique sciatica condition. What works for some people may not work for you and there will need to be complete communication between your goals, your current symptoms, if the symptoms are progressing or worsening, and what your quality of life is.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a condition is vital especially when it comes to getting help during emergencies. By knowing what to expect, you will also know when you should come see us at Dr. Parchuri. If you have any of these symptoms, call us at 539-664-4448.

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Kyphosis

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Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. is one of the leading orthopedic surgeons in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. He believes in connecting with every patient and focusing on getting them back to normal. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. attended the Kansas University of medicine and biosciences before he completed his residency at Oklahoma State University medical Center and followed that up with a spine fellowship at Texas back Institute. He now serves the Tulsa Oklahoma area with some of the best pain relief Tulsa Spine Surgery you can find anywhere. Call us today at 539-664-4448 for more information on how we can relieve your back pain. This article is about kyphosis and some of the symptoms and diagnosis that we can take care of here in your own hometown.

Kyphosis is a rounding of your upper back that is excessive, usually more than 50 degrees. Though the spine may look entirely normal, a hump can develop for any number of reasons, from degenerative diseases such as arthritis to osteoporosis. It can also be caused by an injury or trauma to the spine. Kyphosis affects all ages. If the condition is mild, you may experience little to no health problems. But if kyphosis is severe it can affect your heart, lungs and other organs and cause pain.

Indications that you have kyphosis can include mild back pain, a stiffness or tenderness in the spine, fatigue, a slouching posture or a hunchback. Because kyphosis can have no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages, a physical exam may not identify the condition. Often, kyphosis needs to be in a more advanced stage to be easily recognized. If you see signs of kyphosis, such as pain or a rounding of the shoulders, you will want to see your medical provider. Though rare, it can lead to complications with the internal organs and cause difficulties breathing.

Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. will take a complete medical history first, then conduct a thorough physical exam. This may include performing a forward bend test, pulmonary function test and neurological function test and ordering x-rays to confirm the diagnosis and assess the degree of curvature and any deformity in the vertebrae.

In cases of postural kyphosis, the condition may improve on its own, especially if exercises are prescribed to strengthen back muscles and you are properly trained to have correct posture. Over-the-counter pain relievers can ease some of the discomfort you’re experiencing. With structural kyphosis, treatment will depend on your age and sex and how rigid the curve is. In some cases, monitoring the progression may be all that’s needed, especially if you have no other symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medications can also help reduce pain. If the kyphosis is osteoporosis-related, treatment may range from doing nothing to monitoring the situation for fractures or a worsening of kyphosis. The best thing you can do is set up a consultation with the Tulsa Spine Surgery expert team at Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.’s office.