How to Treat Sciatica
Sciatica occurs as the Sciatic nerve is compressed. Sciatica has been reported to occur in 1 to 10% of the population, most commonly in people, age 25 to 45 years as reported by Healthengine.com.au. This condition encompasses all of the symptoms that arise as pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve. Typically, this nerve runs from the lumbar area of the spine to the legs and is composed of multiple nerves. For the most part, sciatica most commonly appears in the lumbar region. However, if left untreated, these symptoms could worsen with time and have a negative effect on your life. At OC Spine Centers, we truly understand how to treat sciatica with individualized treatment plans tailored to patients’ specific needs.
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica can be caused by a number of various factors, here are some of the leading causes of this condition:
- Age: Over time, the spine endures natural wear and tear which may lead to this condition.
- Existing conditions: Through the emergence of a degenerative spine condition, there is a chance that this could place pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Injury: Injuries sustained from sports or traumas can alter the state of the spine and place pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Obesity: Extra weight can place unnecessary pressure on the spine and this may lead to sciatica.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Here are some of the leading symptoms of sciatica:
- Back pain
- Tingling and numbness
- Muscle weakness
- Localized and radiating pain
- Limited mobility
In order to treat sciatica, you need to treat the cause. In determining the cause, we complete a comprehensive consultation with each patient. During the initial consultation, our spine specialists perform a physical exam, review past medical history, perform necessary scans and customize a treatment plan. In some cases, sciatica can be treated with conservative forms of treatment. More controlled forms of treatment may include injections, various therapies, and medication. However, if symptoms remain, our board-certified physicians may recommend our specialized minimally invasive decompression spine surgery. Such surgical options may include discectomy, foraminotomy or laminotomy.