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How does a doctor determine if you have sciatica?

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Your doctor will ask questions about your back pain including finding out if you have numbness or weakness in your legs.

He'll also ask about your lifestyle.

Next he’ll want to give you a physical exam.

If your pain is ongoing (chronic) or severe, your doctor might also get some imaging tests done. X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can look for herniated disks or bone spurs that clearly would be causes of sciatica.

From: How Do I Know If I Have Sciatica? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sciatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sciatica.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 14, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sciatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sciatica.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 14, 2016

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