Pain Type: The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back through your hips and down the back of each leg. If any pain is felt along this path, it is most likely sciatica. In most cases, pain is only felt down one side of the body. Common causes for this pain include herniated discs, bone spurs on the spine that put pressure on the sciatic nerve, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis.
Symptoms: Pain that starts in your lower back and runs down your buttock through your leg. If you have sciatica you may feel pain only in your lower back to your buttock or it may travel the entire length of the nerve. Different positions may aggravate your pain such as sitting in a chair and the pain can make it difficult to transition from sitting to standing or standing to walking. Pain associated with sciatica can be described as: aching, sharp pains, burning, jolts of pain, numbness, tingling, constant, or weakness.
Treatments: Treatments include: anti-inflammatories, narcotics, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, or even surgery.
Epidural Steroid Injection: This injection can provide temporary relief of sciatic pain. It is especially helpful in treating acute pain associated with sciatica. In this procedure, an injection is given in the area surrounding the sciatic nerve. A combination of medication and/or anesthetic is injected with the use of fluoroscopy.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is a vital component in the treatment of sciatica. At Advanced Pain Management, we offer physical therapy at 5 of our locations. You will recover more quickly and it will reduce the frequency in which you experience sciatic pain.