Sciatica Specialist

NeuroSpinecare, Inc.

Neurological and Spine Surgeons, Interventional Pain Management and Foot, Ankle & Podiatry Specialists located in Sheffield Village, OH

Sciatica causes a distinct and almost unmistakable type of pain that typically travels from the lower back down into one leg, accompanied by tingling or other odd sensations. The expert team at NeuroSpinecare, Inc., located in Sheffield Village, Ohio, have extensive experience in helping patients recover from the pain and disability of sciatica, including using lumbar disc microsurgery for chronic cases. If you’re looking for relief from your sciatica, give NeuroSpinecare a call today, or book an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition affecting your lower back and legs. It develops because of irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve that runs from your lumbar spine through your hips, buttocks, legs, and into your feet.

Compression of the sciatic nerve causing sciatica could be due to several possible causes, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spondylolisthesis 
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle spasms

If you have sciatica and experience additional symptoms such as loss of bladder or bowel control, numbness in your upper thighs, or weakness in your lower extremities, you should call the team at NeuroSpinecare immediately.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica typically causes pain that radiates from the lower back through the hip and buttock, and down one leg. It most often affects one leg and not both because of the way the sciatic nerve branches out into each limb from the buttocks down.

Other symptoms include:

  • Numbness or desensitization
  • Loss of function
  • Pins and needles
  • Tingling sensations
  • Muscle weakness
  • Buttock and leg pain that worsens when sitting
  • Hip pain
  • Burning feeling down the leg
  • Difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • Shooting pain that makes it hard to stand up

Symptoms of sciatica may be worse when you’re sleeping and often wakes you up in the night.

How is sciatica treated?

Your treatment at NeuroSpinecare aims to relieve the cause of the pressure on your sciatic nerve and reduce pain and inflammation. Your individually designed treatment program could consist of a combination of therapeutic approaches including:

  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Sciatic nerve blocks

Physical therapies are an essential component of treatment for sciatica, and in most cases, the use of physical therapy and other conservative measures provides successful resolution of sciatica.

If your sciatica doesn’t improve, you may need to undergo lumbar disc microsurgery. This is a minimally invasive procedure that involves your spine surgeon at NeuroSpinecare making a small incision in your back and passing specialized instruments into the incision to remove herniated portions of your spinal discs where they’re pressing on the sciatic nerve.

If you have symptoms of sciatica or any kind of back and leg pain, schedule a consultation with the expert team at NeuroSpinecare, Inc., by calling the office today or using the online booking tool.