About 40% of adults in the United States experience sciatica pain at some point during their lives. If you’re no longer able to stay active because of severe sciatica symptoms, the medical team at Michigan Pain Specialists offers nonsurgical solutions on-site. The pain experts provide comprehensive care for sciatica at the offices in Adrian and Ypsilanti, Michigan. They use treatments like spinal injections and lifestyle changes to help you achieve long-term lower back pain relief. Call the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Sciatica describes nerve pain that originates in the sciatic nerve — the large nerve in your lumbar (lower) spine. This nerve provides sensations to your lower back, hips, and legs. Lumbar radiculopathy is another name for sciatica.
This type of pain develops when the sciatic nerve is under pressure and can result from:
You can also develop sciatica pain from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of your spinal canal that occurs due to aging or a spinal injury.
Sciatica causes intermittent or persistent pain in your lower back. This pain often feels like an electric shock during certain movements, especially sudden movements like a cough or a sneeze.
You might also feel a stabbing or burning pain that worsens with activity or after a long period of sitting or standing.
In addition to lower back pain, sciatica can cause numbness, weakness, and tingling that affects the areas where your sciatic nerve travels, including your hips, legs, and feet. These symptoms can range from mild and occasional to severe and chronic.
To confirm the source of your pain relates to your sciatic nerve, the Michigan Pain Specialists team offers on-site diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans. These tests can reveal a herniated disc or areas of spinal stenosis that contribute to sciatica pain and other symptoms.
Your physician also takes time to review your medical history, the severity of your symptoms, and the treatments you’re using that haven’t effectively treated the pain.
If you can’t find relief of sciatic symptoms with over-the-counter medications or physical therapy, your provider at the Michigan Pain Specialists may recommend prescription medications.
When oral medications aren’t working well, your provider can deliver anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving anesthetics directly into your lower back with an injection. Spinal injections can provide long-lasting pain relief, so you can resume regular exercise and physical therapy to prevent additional sciatica-related pain.
You can also benefit from lifestyle changes to help you maintain a healthy weight. At-home exercises to stretch your lower back can also increase your flexibility and protect against persistent inflammation.
To find out more about available treatment options for sciatica, call the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or book an appointment online today.