Sciatica is a group of symptoms that can occur when the sciatic nerve is pinched. As the longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve runs from the lower back through the buttocks and down each leg. Over this span, the nerve can be affected by any number of underlying issues. Perhaps the most common cause of sciatica is a bulging or slipped disc in the spine. The out-of-place disc can place pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing symptoms like pain, muscle weakness, tingling sensations, and the other characteristics of sciatica. At Pain Care, we help residents of Atlanta, Georgia, and all surrounding areas pinpoint and treat the underlying cause of sciatica, as well as its associated symptoms.
Pain Care’s approach to pinched sciatic nerve treatment is comprehensive in nature, and we customize each treatment plan to suit the patient’s particular diagnosis and goals. Our board-certified physicians specialize in noninvasive and minimally invasive treatment measures that can often delay or prevent the need for major back surgery. Depending on the patient, our recommended courses of action might include icing the area, performing targeted stretching, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and using other conservative techniques. However, we also offer minimally invasive options for more intense sciatic nerve issues, including:
- Epidural steroid injections – Injecting a numbing agent and cortisone into a precise area of the spine can help alleviate sciatic nerve pain
- Dekompressor discectomy – Removing a portion of a herniated disc may relieve pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, thereby reducing symptoms
If you have sciatica or another chronic pain condition and you live in or around Atlanta, GA, contact Pain Care to learn more about our approach to care. Call us or use our online form to request an appointment – we can usually see patients within 48 hours. We’re here to help you regain life, restore function, and renew hope.