Dr. Kaliq Chang explains sciatica and strategies for lowering flare-ups.
Diagnosing sciatica is a process that begins with your physician understanding your pain and your symptoms.
First, your doctor will attempt to better understand your history by asking questions:
Next, a physical examination of the affected areas in your body will help you doctor determine if you suffer from sciatica. A common diagnostic test used to diagnose sciatica is called the straight leg raise.
During this test you will be asked to lay flat on your back with your legs extended straight in front of you. The doctor will begin by slowly raising each leg and note at what elevation your pain begins. This test helps your health care provider determine where your sciatic nerve is being pinched and can help indicate what may be causing it.
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