Sciatica is a condition that causes pain along your sciatic nerve pathway, branching down your lower back into your hips, buttocks, and down each leg. Sciatica discomfort often develops along just one side of your body and can feel excruciating or debilitating when left untreated.
Common signs and symptoms of sciatica pain include:
Complications that can develop with nerve damage from sciatica include loss of feeling in your leg, ongoing weakness, and reduced bladder or bowel functioning.
Common causes and risk factors linked with sciatica pain include:
Ways to reduce the risk of developing sciatica include getting regular exercise, using good posture and body mechanics, and avoiding prolonged standing or sitting.
Your pain specialist can determine if you have sciatica after discussing your symptoms and medical history, checking your vital signs, and completing a physical exam. They might recommend you complete blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures, as well as nerve testing to make a final diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan.
Recommended sciatica treatments may include:
Things you can do at home to relieve sciatica pain include using ice or heat packs and stretching targeted tissues.
Physical therapy reduces sciatica pain by strengthening affected tissues. Your pain specialist personalizes therapy sessions to match your needs.
Taking medications can reduce inflammation and discomfort associated with sciatica.
The Interventional Pain Management specialists provide cortisone injections to reduce inflammation and discomfort near irritated nerves.
If other treatments don’t work to relieve sciatica, your provider may suggest surgery to treat the underlying cause of nerve compression and reduce unpleasant symptoms.
If sciatica pain diminishes your ability to complete everyday tasks, schedule an appointment with Interventional Pain Management Associates by phone or book one online today.