There’s a reason why sciatica has such a reputation for causing pain in your lower back, hips and buttocks, and down the length of one leg. Your sciatic nerve affects a large portion of the bottom half of your body, and when it gets compressed, it becomes irritated and inflamed, and you develop sciatica.
Our team at Pain Management Specialists in Rockville, Maryland, offers nonsurgical relief for men, women, and children who are suffering from the intense pain of sciatica.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Sciatica can be mild or severe, acute or chronic, and it typically affects only one side of your body at a time. Some of the telltale symptoms of sciatica are:
- Pain that radiates down your leg
- Tingling and burning in your leg
- Numbness in your hips
- Thigh cramps
- Aching in your buttocks
- Lower back pain
- Pins and needles in your lower back
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when something puts pressure on your sciatic nerve. Some of the most common causes are:
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Muscle spasms
- Spinal stenosis
- Nerve problems related to diabetes
There are also some lifestyle factors that can trigger sciatica, such as:
- Bending or twisting too quickly
- Sitting for long periods at a time
- Poor posture
- Inadequate footwear
Heal your sciatica today
If you’ve been diagnosed or fear you have sciatica, our team is ready to help you. Each treatment is fully customized to your needs. Some of the therapies we may use to remedy your sciatica include:
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulators are devices similar to heart pacemakers that use a mild electrical impulse to interrupt abnormal pain signals travelling through the spinal cord to the brain. Spinal cord stimulation uses electrical stimulation to restore damaged nerves.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are shots that inject medication to reduce pain and inflammation in the epidural, as known as the spinal canal.
Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around your sciatic nerve, through a personalized treatment plan targeted around specific exercises and stretches to help bring you relief.
Depending on your condition, our team may combine a few therapies to optimize your results. If you’re hurting and need help, contact us to schedule an appointment.