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Gregory Kesteloot

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Gregory Kesteloot practices Neurological Surgery in Onthaal, Brugsesteenweg. As a Neurological Surgeon, Dr. Kesteloot prevents, diagnoses, evaluates, and treats disorders of the autonomic, peripheral, and central nervous systems. Neurological Surgeons are trained to treat such disorders as spinal canal stenosis, herniated discs, tumors, fractures, and spinal deformities, among many others.
Gregory Kesteloot
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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Sharp, shooting pain in my right leg

It could be. Sciatica is caused by a nerve root being compressed, most commonly by a herniated lumbar disc, or a narrowing of the exit point of the nerve root due to arthrosis. READ MORE
It could be. Sciatica is caused by a nerve root being compressed, most commonly by a herniated lumbar disc, or a narrowing of the exit point of the nerve root due to arthrosis. On the other hand, the pains you described could just as well be purely due to mechanical stress on the facet joints, depending on how far down the leg the pain goes. If there's no other symptoms besides these pains, and they're present for less than 6 weeks, you could just wait and see. Light physical activity, especially exercises for core stability are encouraged. If the pain persists after 6 weeks further examination, including a scan are advised. Depending on those results further treatment can be established.