Approximately 40% of people experience sciatica at some point during their lives. If you have lower back pain that radiates down one or both your legs or causes numbness or tingling, contact Mervet Saleh, MD, and the team at the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management in Centerville, Ohio. Dr. Saleh and her team offer effective pain management treatments for sciatica to help you lead an active and pain-free life. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.
Sciatica is the pain and numbness you experience when your sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed. Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It begins in your lower spine and then splits to branch through your buttocks and legs down to your feet.
Sciatica is a highly variable condition. You may have constant pain, or it could be intermittent. The pain could be sharp and stabbing, or dull and throbbing. Sciatica also causes numbness and tingling, which can feel like pins-and-needles sensations. In most cases, sciatica only causes pain on one side of your body, but it’s possible for both of your legs to be affected.
You develop sciatica when your sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated. The most common causes of sciatica include herniated discs in your lumbar spine, bone spurs on your vertebrae, or spinal stenosis, a condition where your spine narrows abnormally.
Your risk of sciatica increases as you get older. Other factors linked to sciatica include being overweight or obese, spending prolonged periods of time sitting, or having an occupation that requires you to carry heavy objects or otherwise tax your spine.
The team at the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management begins your sciatica treatment with a comprehensive physical exam that may include diagnostic imaging studies like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. They may also use electromyography to measure the electrical impulses and your muscular responses.
Once the problem causing your sciatica is identified, Dr. Saleh and her team recommend a treatment plan that combines therapies and medication to ease your pain and heal the issue causing your pain.
For example, Dr. Saleh often prescribes medicines like anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers or steroid injections in combination with physical therapy. The medication reduces inflammation to ease your pain, while the exercises and stretches you practice in physical therapy improve your strength and flexibility in your back and core muscles that support your spine.
You may also benefit from massage therapy, which can relieve muscle tension and stress on your spine. Heat and cold treatments relax your muscles and reduce inflammation.
If you have sciatica or are living with lower back pain, call the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management or book an appointment online today.