What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition of nerve root compression in your lumbar spine resulting in radiating pain along your sciatic nerve’s pathway. It starts at your lower back and branches through your hips, buttocks, and down each leg.
Sciatica often results from herniated discs or other conditions that cause nerve compression. Nonsurgical treatments at Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. offer you long-lasting sciatica relief.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Common signs and symptoms associated with sciatica include:
- Radiating pain down one leg
- Discomfort along the sciatic nerve pathway
- Jolt or electric shock
- Mild, sharp, or burning pain
- Discomfort on one or both side of your lower body
- Muscle weakness
See the Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. team at the first sign of severe or long-lasting back, hip, or leg pain.
What are the risk factors for sciatica?
Anybody can develop sciatica but risk factors associated with it include older age, obesity, carrying heavy loads, driving for long time periods, prolonged sitting, or having diabetes.
Getting regular exercise, maintaining good posture, and using proper lifting techniques lowers your risk of sciatica pain.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
To find out if you have sciatica and to determine its cause, your Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. provider reviews your symptoms and medical history.
Dr. Le or Dr. Morgan completes a physical exam and might use X-rays, CT scans, nerve tests, or MRIs to make a final diagnosis.
How is sciatica treated?
To treat sciatica and pain associated with it, Dr. Le or Dr. Morgan might recommend:
Completing physical therapy strength and flexibility exercises lowers your risk of future injuries and can alleviate sciatica discomfort.
Spine specialists at Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. complete a series of spinal manipulations to realign your spine and relieve nerve pressure.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to stimulate tissue healing and alleviate sciatica pain naturally without pain or downtime.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression using advanced DRX 9000™ technology is a hallmark of treatment at Spinal Stenosis Disc Center, Inc. It uses spinal traction to relieve nerve pressure, improve blood flow to damaged discs, and reduce sciatica discomfort.
Injecting steroids into painful areas can reduce inflammation and pain associated with sciatica. Numbing the treatment area first optimizes comfort during each injection. Injections are not recommended for everyone. Dr. Le or Dr. Morgan will make the recommendation if they deem it necessary.
Don’t live with sciatica pain when holistic treatments are available at Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. For more information on sciatica read our article. Book your appointment by phone or online today.