Because sciatica affects the longest nerve in your body, sciatica pain can radiate from your lower back all the way down to your toes. If sciatica pain makes walking or standing difficult, Chronic Pain Relief in Dallas can help. Pain management specialist Basem Abdelfattah, MD, treats pain holistically, targeting not just your symptoms but the everyday stressors that compound them. To learn more about the most advanced pain-relief treatments available, call or book your appointment online today.
The sciatic nerve is the most extensive nerve in your body, running from your lower back through the back of your leg all the way to your toes. Pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve can cause numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness along the entire length of the nerve.
Sciatica usually affects just one side of the body. The condition is most common among men ages 30-50. Sciatica sometimes goes away on its own, but most cases require a doctor’s care.
Dr. Abdelfattah uses CT or MRI scans to determine the cause of your sciatica before creating your treatment plan. The three primary causes of sciatica are:
Between the 26 bones in your spine are soft discs. If these discs herniate or rupture through wear and tear or impact, they can inflame the nearby nerve tissue.
When your spinal canal starts to narrow (usually with age), your spinal cord and its surrounding nerves can become compressed, resulting in spinal stenosis. This condition can make standing and walking extremely painful.
Injuries can damage the sciatic nerve. Hip or pelvic fractures also cause fragments of broken bone to compress the nerve, causing pain throughout the buttocks, legs, and feet.
Sciatica treatments vary depending on your age, overall health, symptoms, and daily activities. Dr. Abdelfattah believes that minimally invasive procedures can be highly effective, and surgery doesn’t have to be the first option. Dr. Abdelfattah treats sciatica with:
Dr. Abdelfattah injects corticosteroid medication directly into the area surrounding your nerve root. Steroid injections can relieve pain and inflammation and restore mobility and function.
In conjunction with other therapies, Dr. Abdelfattah sometimes prescribes oral steroids, muscle relaxants, and pain relievers to manage sciatica symptoms.
After you've managed your pain and inflammation, physical therapy can prevent future bouts of sciatica. Physical therapy strengthens your muscles and increases flexibility.
If noninvasive treatments aren’t enough to relieve your sciatica pain, Dr. Abdelfattah may recommend surgery. Surgery is elective and depends on the severity of your symptoms and how much they impact your quality of life. Dr. Abdelfattah works in conjunction with a trusted spine surgeon to ensure you receive the highest quality of care.
To take the first step toward sciatica relief, call or book your appointment online today.