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Sciatica Treatment at Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants

Sciatica Treatment at Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, or numbness caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. This often occurs when a herniated disc, bone spur, or exiting spinal root stenosis (narrowing) puts pressure on the nerve. Because this large nerve received input from L4-5 & S1 roots then dive below the piriformis muscle, any pathology along this route can result in sciatica. Treatment focuses on relieving nerve pressure and irritation through methods like physical therapy, medications targeted x-ray guided injections, or, in severe cases, surgery. Effectively managing symptoms and addressing the root cause is important for improving functioning.

At Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, we offer high-quality essential sciatica treatment to patients serving the Metro Detroit area in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, MI, and surrounding areas. We are open every weekday (Monday to Friday) to ensure both an accurate diagnosis to prompt set up a treatment plan to meet your needs.

When there is more spinal (axial) pain the condition is referred to as lumbago.

What Are the Causes of Sciatica?

What Are the Causes of Sciatica?

Sciatica, a pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, can be caused by several factors:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trauma or injury to the spine
  • Tumors or infections affecting the spine
  • Lumbar spinal canal narrowing AKA Spinal Stenosis
  • Pregnancy-related pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • Prolonged sitting or sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity and excess body weight
  • Age-related changes in the spine
  • Diabetes, which can affect nerve function
  • Piriformis syndrome (This is an entrapment outside of the spine at the lower buttock area).

What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that causes pain, numbness, or tingling along the sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down to the back of each leg. The main sciatica symptoms include:

  • Pain: You may feel a sharp, shooting pain often described as “electrical” that starts in the lower back or buttock and travels down the back of the leg. This pain can vary in intensity.
  • Radiating Pain: The pain from sciatica usually follows the path of the sciatic nerve, which can extend from the lower back through the buttock and down the back of the leg.
  • Numbness and Tingling: Some people with sciatica may experience numbness or a tingling sensation, like pins and needles, in the leg or foot.
  • Burning Sensation: A burning feeling in the leg or buttock is another possible symptom of sciatica.
  • Difficulty in Sitting or Standing: People with sciatica often find it uncomfortable to sit for long periods or to stand upright for too long.
  • Weakness: Sciatica can also lead to weakness in the affected leg. You might find it challenging to move your leg or foot as usual.

It's important to note that these symptoms can vary from person to person, and the severity of symptoms can also differ.

How Many Types of Sciatica Are There?

Sciatica, or leg pain caused by sciatic nerve irritation, comes in various types, each with its own features. Here are the five main types of sciatica:

  • Acute Sciatica: Imagine a sudden, intense pain shooting down your leg. Acute sciatica is a quick discomfort that often improves with time and care.
  • Chronic Sciatica: If the pain sticks around or keeps coming back, it becomes chronic sciatica. It's a long-lasting ache that needs ongoing attention.
  • Alternating Sciatica: This type involves the pain switching sides, affecting one leg and then the other at different times. This is indicative of low spinal disease.
  • Bilateral Sciatica: Feeling discomfort in both legs simultaneously characterizes bilateral sciatica, like pain on both sides of your body at once.
  • Wallet Sciatica: This occurs when sitting on a thick wallet, this in turn causes pressure on the nerve, resulting in increased discomfort. Changing your sitting habits can often help with this type of problem.

What Treatments and Diagnosis Are Available for Sciatica?

Sciatica, which causes pain, tingling, or weakness along the sciatic nerve, can be diagnosed through physical exams and imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs.

  • Nonsurgical Treatments: These include anti-inflammatory pain medications like ibuprofen or Naprosyn, physical therapy with lumbar traction to improve strength and flexibility, heat or cold therapy, and rest. While these methods can help many people feel better, the results vary or are short lived.
  • Minimally invasive: X-ray guided injection of various medications to dull pain, reduce muscle spasms, reduce inflammation, or clarify more specific diagnosis.
  • Surgical Treatments: For severe cases or when nonsurgical options don't help, surgery might be considered depending on the. Imaging findings. Options include microdiscectomy to remove part of a herniated disc, laminectomy to reduce pressure on the nerve by removing bone, or spinal fusion to stabilize the spine. Surgery can provide significant relief, especially for specific issues like a herniated disc, but it also comes with risks.

Nonsurgical treatments can be effective, especially if symptoms aren't severe. However, they might take time to work, and their effectiveness varies from person to person. Surgery is often indicated, particularly for cases with confirmed structural findings, but after trying nonsurgical options. It's crucial to weigh the benefits against the risks for your individual factors when choosing the best treatment approach.

Why Choose Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants for Sciatica Treatment?

At Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, we are committed to providing exceptional healthcare services for sciatica patients across Michigan and surrounding areas. Here is why we are the right choice for your sciatica treatment:

  • Specialized Expertise: Our experts are dedicated to addressing sciatica and other causes of spinal pain with personalized care.
  • Advanced Treatment Options: We use top-notch technology to establish realistic treatment plans tailored to your situation.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: Our team of specialists collaborates for your complete care.
  • Compassionate Support: We're here for your emotional needs alongside medical care through on staff psychology professionals. Sometimes chronic pain lead to emotional suffering.
  • Comprehensive Follow-Up: We check your progress post-treatment for continued care.
  • Proven Track Record: We've successfully managed various conditions, including sciatica, with reliable outcomes over 25 years.
  • Trials and Research: You can access new therapies through ongoing trials.
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