Does Your Orlando Pain Clinic Treat Sciatica?
At Innovative Pain Solutions in Dr. Phillips, Dr. Kalia treats a variety of conditions that complicate the lives and happiness of his patients. One of those conditions is Sciatica. Sciatica is an issue that develops suddenly or can appear gradually over time. Thankfully, our Orlando Pain Clinic specializes in the treatment of this painful condition.
What Is It?
Sciatica is the term used to describe the pain associated with pressure or compression of the sciatic nerve. This nerve is located in the lower back and travels through the pelvis, and down each leg. This nerve happens to be the longest nerve we have on the human body and also the widest.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is caused by a myriad of things. One of the following is typically the cause:
- Spondylolisthesis: This is when a vertebra comes out of place, thus reducing the amount of space the nerve has to exit.
- Spinal Stenosis: This results when pressure is applied to the nerves due to a narrowing of the spinal canal.
- Slipped disc or hernia: these two cause pressure on the nerve root which results in pain. When the gel-like center of the disk pushes out of its lining, this causes great discomfort.
- Piriformis Syndrome: there is a small muscle called the piriformis which lies within the buttocks and if it becomes tight, it can result not only in spasms but applies pressure on the sciatic nerve.
What Symptoms Does Someone With Sciatic Experience?
The most common symptoms that Dr. Kalia finds from his patients are lower back pain that runs through the buttocks and all the way down to the leg as well as numbness of one leg. These symptoms can occur without warning and disappear suddenly, or last for several weeks. If you feel as if you have been suffering from a bad leg cramp for several days, you may want to head on over to Innovative Pain Solutions in Dr. Phillips so that one of the staff can test you for Sciatica.
More often than not individuals in their 30-50’s are at the highest risk of developing Sciatica. Pregnant women are the most likely as the developing fetus places pressure places pressure on the sciatic nerve from the uterus.
At Our Orlando Pain Clinic, we have Treatments That Give Results!
Ice and Heat: Some patients experience more relief with one over the other. It is important to experiment by applying either the heat or cold compress to the area once every 2 hours for no longer than 20 minutes.
Medicine: Some patients have experienced relief from taking over the counter pain relievers.
Stretches: motion helps to reduce the pain and inflammation. A physical therapist can show you how to perform specific stretches that have proven to relieve pain.
Injections: In severe cases, a steroid injection may be the only way to feel relief.
Surgery: Should your sciatica be the result of a herniated disc that has been causing pain for more than 4-6 weeks, it may be time to ask your doctor about surgical options.
There are other treatment options such as acupuncture and physical therapy. What is important is that you see your doctor should you or someone you love be experiencing pain and discomfort. Dr. Kalia and his staff at our Orlando Pain Clinic Innovative Pain Solutions are happy to assist you. Call us today: 407-284-1993.