Sciatica is a back problem that typically causes shooting pain down one leg, and may also cause a “pins and needles” sensation or numbness in one or both of your legs. The pain management team at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, has extensive experience with treating patients who have sciatica using conservative approaches and advanced injection therapies. Give the clinic a call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Sciatica is a form of radiculopathy, which means that there is pressure on one of the nerves in your spine. In this case, it’s the sciatic nerve, a large, branching nerve that originates in your lower back and divides into two branches, with one branch going down each leg. Sciatica can also be caused by irritation or impingement of the sciatic nerve that travels through the piriformis muscle located in the buttocks.
The pressure that causes sciatica is due to one of the structures or tissues surrounding the nerve either moving, expanding, or changing in some way causing it to interfere with part of the sciatic nerve.
Herniated discs are a common cause of sciatica, as the inner core of the herniated disc bulges out of its protective outer layer and starts putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica typically causes a sharp, shooting pain that travels from your back, through your hip, and down one leg. You might also experience:
These symptoms are indicative of sciatica, but it’s important for your provider at Southwest Pain Management to rule out any other possible causes of your symptoms.
As well as a physical exam, you might need to undergo diagnostic imaging tests, which could be X-rays or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan. This helps to identify the exact location of the problem and its cause.
It’s possible for sciatica to resolve on its own if you’re careful to avoid over-straining your back while continuing to exercise gently, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), muscle relaxants, and hot and cold compresses can also be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation.
If your sciatica doesn’t respond to these initial home treatments, visit Southwest Pain Management for comprehensive therapy. If a nerve is compressed for too long leaving without treatment, permanent nerve damage can occur, so it’s important to seek professional help before that happens.
Treatment for sciatica aims to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Potential therapies that could be in your treatment plan include:
Sciatica is highly treatable, and you could make a full recovery with the expert help of the team at Southwest Pain Management. Call today to schedule an appointment or book online.