If you have lower back pain that shoots down through your buttocks and down one or both of your legs, you may have sciatica. The team at New Hope Pain Management in Elkin, North Carolina, provide expert diagnosis and treatment for sciatica to both relieve your pain and address the condition causing your sciatica. To get rid of the pain you have in your lower back and legs, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Sciatica is the term used to refer to pain that is caused by compression or inflammation of the sciatic nerve in your lower back. Your sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in your body, and extends from your back down through your buttocks and legs. When that nerve is irritated, it can cause a variety of painful symptoms, including:
Sciatica symptoms are constant but can vary in severity. It’s usually worse when you’re sitting down and can make it challenging to move from a sitting to a standing position. You may suffer from a dull ache, a burning sensation, or even excruciating pain that prevents you from moving. Similarly, the numbness and tingling sensations may be mild or feel like an electrical current is running through your leg.
Sciatica develops when your sciatic nerve is irritated. Nerve irritation often develops when the nerve is compressed. Herniated discs and bone spurs commonly cause inflammation and compression of your sciatic nerve, leading to back and leg pain.
The six most common causes of sciatica include:
Your risk of getting sciatica pain increases as you get older. Other risk factors include:
If you have lower back and leg pain and are concerned about sciatica, it’s important to get medical attention. When left untreated, sciatica can lead to other complications such as a loss of bladder control and long-term weakness and numbness in your legs.
The team at New Hope Pain Management offer a range of treatments and therapies for sciatica. In most cases, the physician begins treatment with conservative methods, including hot and cold therapies, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. They may suggest corticosteroid injections, which provide a strong dose of anti-inflammatory medication directly to the affected tissue.
When minimally invasive therapies aren’t effective, they may recommend surgical procedures to repair your back and reduce your pain.
If you want to get rid of your lower back pain, call or schedule a consultation online with New Hope Pain Management today.