Sciatica affects as many as four in 10 Americans. At Pain Care, LLC, with offices in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, and Johns Creek, Georgia, the team of premier spine and pain management specialists provides the best in non-surgical and minimally invasive pain relief. To learn how they can help you take your life back, call the Metro Atlanta office nearest your area or click the online appointment scheduler now.
Sciatica is a type of pain that affects the sciatic nerve, the biggest nerve in the body. Your sciatic nerve starts in your lower spine, where five nerve roots come together. The long nerve then splits and moves through your hips, buttocks, and down each of your legs.
If anything irritates or pinches your sciatic nerve, you can experience symptoms all along the nerve pathway. For example, you may have low back or hip pain that shoots down to your knee or lower.
Sciatica occurs when nerve roots grow irritated or trapped. The most common causes of this nerve irritation or compression are bulging and herniated discs.
A bulging disc protrudes from its normal spot in your spine, where it may touch the nearby sciatic nerve. A herniated disc occurs when the soft center of an intervertebral disc protrudes through a crack and pushes into the spinal canal, irritating the nerves in the area.
Both disc problems commonly occur with age-related changes in the spine, although accidents can also cause disc injury.
Some other possible causes of sciatica include spinal stenosis (spine narrowing with age), spinal tumors, bone spurs from osteoarthritis, and spondylolisthesis (vertebrae slippage).
Diabetes can cause nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), which can have symptoms similar to sciatica, but is a different condition.
Many people say that sciatica causes a burning or shocklike type of pain, although it can also manifest as a duller ache. Sciatica symptoms can include:
Sciatica usually affects only one side of your body, but in very rare situations, it may affect both sides. You may have different symptoms at the same time; for example, you might feel burning in your low back and numbness in your foot.
Pain Care, LLC, takes an integrative approach that the team tailors for your specific diagnosis and recovery goals. Some conservative treatment options include icing, targeted stretches, and anti-inflammatory medications.
If you have continued sciatic nerve pain, the team may recommend an epidural steroid injection, a combination of numbing medicine, and cortisone to curb pain for up to a few months.
For treatment-resistant sciatica, the team may recommend a minimally invasive surgery, decompression discectomy, to remove the part of the disc that pressures your sciatic nerve.
Depending on the severity of your sciatica and its root cause, you could find relief with an implanted neuromodulation device like a spinal cord stimulator. Pain Care, LLC, offers cutting-edge neuromodulation devices from Nevro®, Medtronic, Stimwave Technologies, and Boston Scientific.
For sciatica caused by spinal stenosis, a Vertiflex™ procedure can relieve pressure and pain.
Sciatica may respond to regenerative medicine services, which Pain Care, LLC, offers through the Stem Cell Institute of Georgia.
For sciatica help, call Pain Care, LLC, or book an appointment online now.