If you’re experiencing lower back or leg pain on one side of your body, you might have a condition called sciatica. Residents in and around Houston, Texas, have found relief from sciatic pain through the care of Rubin Bashir, MD, and the team at Texas Ortho Spine Center. To book your diagnostic exam, call the office today. Online booking is also available and takes very little time to complete.
The sciatic nerve is the human body’s largest and longest nerve. It runs from your lower back through your buttocks and down into each of your legs. Your sciatic nerve has five nerve roots, nearly the width of a human finger.
When your sciatic nerve is put under excessive pressure, pain will result. Sciatica is the term used to describe pain radiating from your lower back into your legs. The pain usually only shows up on one side of your body.
It’s normal to experience occasional pain in your lower back, buttocks, and legs. Sciatica differs because it isn’t a one-time experience.
Symptoms of sciatica include:
Sciatica pain ranges from mild to severe. It can feel like burning or aching or even sharp, stabbing pain. Symptoms can be steady, or they can come and go.
Anyone can develop sciatica, but people who are older, overweight or obese, or live sedentary lives are at a higher risk. Your risk of developing sciatica can be reduced by making meaningful lifestyle changes like losing weight and increasing physical activity.
A herniated disc often causes sciatica. Other causes are spinal stenosis and disc degeneration. Treating those problems will usually relieve the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve and eliminate symptoms.
In many cases, nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy, medication, acupuncture, and chiropractic care can reduce sciatica pain. Surgery will be the best approach if your pain doesn’t improve after conservative treatments.
A microdiscectomy procedure removes small pieces of damaged disc to reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve. A laminectomy removes a portion of bone on the top part of your spinal column.
These procedures use minimally invasive techniques, which offer faster recoveries and reduce the risk of complications after surgery compared with open surgery.
Learn more about sciatica treatment during a consultation at Texas Ortho Spine Center. Booking your visit is as simple as making a phone call or spending a few moments online.