Sciatica is often experienced as a shooting, searing pain that radiates down the leg—but other conditions can also cause these symptoms. Learn what conditions could be masquerading as sciatica pain and how your doctor might make a differential diagnosis.
Terminology describing back pain that originates from a spinal disc problem can become confusing. Clarity can be gained, however, by focusing on the source of the pain: nerve irritation or disc space problems.
Spine-Health has blogged in the past about the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT), including one study concluding that back surgery was better for patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis.
The recently released results of the second SPORT study showed that patients who selected surgery to treat their lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis had better outcomes when compared to those who selected nonsurgical treatment.