Sciatica is a very common pain condition that affects as many as 40% of Americans at some point in their life. For most people, sciatica resolves on its own with at-home care. But for some, sciatica pain can be severe or chronic. At Republic Spine and Pain, with locations in Austin, Georgetown and Lakeway, Texas, board-certified physicians specialize in the management of sciatica and offer innovative treatments that provide long-term relief. Call the office nearest you or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Sciatica is a painful condition that develops due to pinching or irritation of your sciatic nerve. This nerve is the thickest and longest nerve in your body and extends from your lower back all the way down to your feet on both sides of your body. This nerve provides sensory information and motor function to the lower extremity.
Herniated discs or bone spurs are the most common causes of sciatica. Your risk of sciatica increases as you get older due to the degeneration that occurs in your spine that makes you more vulnerable to the development of a herniated disc or bone spur. Obesity, diabetes, and a job that requires heavy lifting or sitting in a vehicle for long periods of time also increases your risk of developing sciatica.
Your sciatica symptoms may vary in severity and type based on the degree of pinching or irritation to your nerve. Common symptoms include:
These symptoms may begin at your lower back and travel all the way down to your foot on one side of your body. You may notice that certain activities worsen your symptoms, such as a cough or sneeze or if you sit for a prolonged period of time.
The pain management specialists at Republic Spine and Pain develop individualized treatment plans for the management of sciatica based on the severity of your pain and the underlying cause. For most people, non-surgical methods alleviate the pain caused by sciatica, which may include:
If conservative measures fail to provide you relief from your sciatica pain, your doctor at Republic Spine and Pain may recommend interventional pain management treatments, which are minimally invasive procedures that provide long-term relief from pain. For sciatica, there are different injections into the hip or back. These are outpatient procedures performed at the practice’s state-of-the-art offices.
Rarely is surgery needed for the treatment of sciatica. However, if your pain is due to a spinal condition, surgery to repair or improve the condition may be beneficial in alleviating your sciatica.
To get help managing your sciatica pain from the pain management experts, call Republic Spine and Pain or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.