Relief for Sciatic Nerve Pain Phoenix
Anyone who has experienced sciatica before will instantly recognize it again. The zinging pain along the sciatic nerve can range from mild to severe, and at its worst can cause excruciating pain in the low back, buttock, back of the leg, or possibly all the way into the calf. The good news is that with proper treatment, sciatica usually resolves within a few weeks and only rarely requires surgery.
SCIATICA PAIN VARIES FROM PERSON TO PERSON, BUT USUALLY ONLY AFFECTS ONE LEG OR THE OTHER. YOU MAY EXPERIENCE A MILD ACHE, BURNING SENSATION, OR JOLTS SIMILAR TO A MILD ELECTRIC SHOCK. FOR SOME PEOPLE, SCIATIC PAIN CAN BE EXCRUCIATING. IT MAY ALSO BE ACCOMPANIED BY NUMBNESS, TINGLING OR MUSCLE WEAKNESS IN THE AFFECTED LEG.
Causes of Sciatic Pain
Sciatic pain occurs when the sciatic nerve, which travels from the lumbar spine through
the hip and down the back of the leg, becomes compressed, often by a herniated disc,
bone spur, or narrowing of the spine (stenosis). Mild sciatica often resolves on its own,
but you should see a doctor if your sciatica:
• is severe
• lasts longer than a week
• gets progressively worse
• develops suddenly after a traumatic injury, such as a car accident
• causes weakness in the leg or foot
• affects bowel or bladder function
Sciatica that causes weakness in the leg or foot or that affects bowel or bladder
function should be immediately assessed by a spine specialist.
Surgery for Sciatica
MOST SCIATICA THAT DOESN’T RESOLVE ON ITS OWN CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY TREATED WITH MODIFIED ACTIVITY, PHYSICAL THERAPY, SURGERY, INJECTIONS AND/OR ORAL MEDICATION.
Dr. Baig will only perform spine surgery for sciatica if it is truly necessary and if he is confident the surgery will effectively relieve your sciatic pain and symptoms. Dr. Baig may perform a lumbar laminectomy, removing the portion of bone in the vertebrae that is compressing the sciatic nerve.
Sciatic Nerve Pain in Phoenix – It Starts With Thorough Analysis
All surgeries should be taken seriously. That’s why, as we mentioned above, the Desert Spine and Scoliosis Center will only take this step if it’s necessary. The sciatic nerve is a difficult part of the body to figure out, as there are some patients who will only experience mild symptoms if something is wrong with it, some who will experience severe symptoms and still others whose symptoms vary in intensity as we briefly mentioned above. There is no pattern involved and there is no real way to predict what can happen. What is common among all people who suffer from sciatic nerve pain in Phoenix is that the problem will not resolve itself, so if you notice an issue you should do something about it to make sure that you’re aware of all of your options.
That’s exactly what our team intends to do with everyone with whom we speak who suffers from sciatic nerve pain in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. A sciatica specialist like Dr. Baig will give you a thorough examination, meticulously review your history and lay out all of your options from the standpoint of what you’ll need to hear as opposed to what you may want to hear. That’s how we truly serve our patients, as we’re not interested in pushing certain approaches over others – all we care about is that the patients we serve feel better so that they can once again enjoy their lives as pain-free as possible.
If you’re experiencing sciatic nerve pain in Phoenix or anywhere nearby, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an initial consultation.