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Treatment of Sciatica

Note: The first step in the treatment of sciatica is determining the cause. Urgent conditions such as cauda equina syndrome, infection, or cancer must be ruled out. Once the cause of sciatica is revealed, treatment can begin. Physicians at Apex Pain and Wellness.

How is sciatica treated?

Sciatica is treated based on a variety of factors including severity of pain, whether or not there is weakness in the affected areas, and length of time it has affected a patient. Physical therapy should be used throughout sciatica treatment and as long as sciatica persists. Physical therapy is the mainstay of sciatica treatment and can help prevent sciatica from worsening or recurring. For minor cases of sciatica, conservative measures such as physical therapy and medications is all that will be required for treatment. For moderate to severe cases of sciatica, interventions and procedures may be necessary. These can include cortisone injections to ease the pain of sciatica and relieve associated weakness. The Physicians at Apex Pain and Wellness are Experts at the treatment of sciatica and create a treatment plan tailed for each patient.  

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What sciatica treatments are offered at Apex Pain and Wellness?

The Physicians at Apex Pain and Wellness create custom treatment plans for patients with sciatica. In cases where sciatica is moderate to severe, the Doctors can perform injections that can alleviate and reduce pain. Epidural injections are one of the most common procedures performed by Apex Pain and Wellness Physicians and can greatly assist patients with sciatica. 

What sciatica treatments are offered for chronic, long-lasting sciatica? 

Apex Pain and Wellness offers treatments for sciatica that has persisted for years. Sciatica can be a life-long condition but with treatments such as Spinal Cord Stimulation or S.C.S., sciatica can be effectively treated! Spinal cord stimulation treats sciatica after spine-surgery. Spinal cord stimulation can treat sciatica after epidural injections. The Physicians at Apex Pain and Wellness are Experts in the treatment of chronic sciatica and are Experts in the field of Spinal Cord Stimulation.

How should I choose a Doctor to treat sciatica? 

There are a lot of things that can cause sciatica such as lumbar spine fractures, lumbar arthritis, disk herniations, and bones shifting in the lumbar spine. Sciatica should be precisely diagnosed so that it does not leave patients with long-lasting disabilities. The Physicians at Apex Pain and Wellness encounter sciatica frequently and are Experts in the diagnosis of sciatica. 

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is low back pain that includes pain that travels down the leg(s) past the knee. Sciatica pain travels down the leg(s) and is described as, “burning,” “pins and needles,” “electrical”, and/or “shooting.” It derives its name from the “sciatic nerve” that travels down the back of the legs, all the way to the toes. In sciatica, the sciatic nerve is damaged or irritated and this results in nerve pain in the low back and down the leg(s). 

What causes sciatica? 

Most commonly, sciatica is caused by a disk bulge. A disk bulge presses against a nerve heading down the leg. The result is nerve pain or “sciatica” down the leg(s). There are many causes of sciatica that should be considered besides a disk bulge such as fractures to the lumbar spine, lumbar arthritis, lumbar stenosis, etc. Accurately diagnosing sciatica is important to prevent long-lasting disability and pain. The Physicians at Apex Pain and Wellness are Experts at determining the cause of the sciatica. 

What is a disk bulge? 

A disk bulge goes by many names such as, disk herniation, bulging disk, prolapsed disk, herniated disk. A disk is the cushion or shock-absorber between the bones in the spine. Similar to a car’s tire, a disk can “pop” when placed under significant force. This “pop” results in a disk bulge that can pinch or damage a nerve. 

What is a disk herniation? 

A disk herniation goes by many names such as, disk bulge, bulging disk, prolapsed disk, herniated disk. A disk is the cushion or shock-absorber between the bones that make up the spine. Similar to a car’s tire, a disk can “pop” when placed under significant force. This “pop” results in a disk bulge that can pinch or damage a nerve. 

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