Sciatica (Lower Back Pain, Leg & Buttock Pain)
As a pain management specialist, one of the most common conditions I encounter is sciatica – a source of lower back pain, leg, and buttock pain. Today, let’s dive deep into what this condition truly is, what causes it, how we approach treatment, and the various procedures available to alleviate this painful nuisance.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. This condition typically affects only one side of your body. Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-surgical treatments in a few weeks.
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica usually occurs when a herniated disc, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This compression causes inflammation, pain, and often some numbness in the affected leg. Age, obesity, prolonged sitting, diabetes, and occupations that require twisting the back or carrying heavy loads can increase the risk of developing sciatica.
As a pain management specialist, my goal is to alleviate your pain and restore your ability to function normally. Your treatment plan will depend on the cause of your sciatica and the severity of your symptoms.
Non-surgical treatment options typically include:
- Physical Therapy: This includes exercises that correct your posture, strengthen the muscles supporting your back, and improve your flexibility.
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, or narcotics may be recommended.
- Steroid Injections: These injections can reduce inflammation around the nerve root and the associated low back pain.
If these treatments do not alleviate your pain, or if your pain persists despite treatment, we may discuss surgical options. However, it’s essential to understand that surgery is typically considered as a last resort.
As your doctor, I will guide you through these options, discussing the pros and cons, and help you make an informed decision.
Remember, there’s no need to suffer silently with sciatica. As a pain management specialist, I’m here to help you explore all potential treatment options to find the most effective path to pain relief.
So, if you’re struggling with lower back, leg, or buttock pain and suspect sciatica may be the culprit, I invite you to set up an appointment at my clinic. Together, we can formulate a treatment plan tailored to your needs, designed to get you back to a pain-free life.
Take the first step towards relief today – get in touch.
Don’t let lower back, leg, or buttock pain control your life any longer. With sciatica treatment, you can regain the freedom to live without discomfort.
Reach out to Dr. Ed Rubin, an expert in managing sciatica pain, to book your appointment today. Your health and comfort are paramount, and Dr. Rubin is here to guide you every step of the way towards pain relief. Remember, you don’t have to accept pain as your normal. Conveniently situated in Nassau County, New York, Dr. Rubin is ready to welcome you in his offices located in Garden City and New Hyde Park on Long Island.
Contact Dr. Rubin today, because your journey to a pain-free life starts with a single appointment.