Sciatica refers to a combination of painful symptoms that occur in your lower back and travel along your sciatic nerve, causing numbness, weakness, or tingling pain down your leg.
The sciatic nerve is your body’s largest nerve. It’s made up of individual nerve roots that originate in your lower back and then branch out down your legs. Sciatica might point to an underlying condition, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.
You feel the symptoms of sciatica when your sciatic nerve is irritated close to its point of origin.
Sciatica typically involves one or more of the following symptoms:
Recurring pain in one side of your buttock or leg
Pain that intensifies when you sit
Burning, tingling, or searing leg pain
Difficulty moving your leg, foot, or toes
Difficulty standing up or walking
Pain that reaches down your leg and possibly into your foot and toes
Sciatica symptoms can vary from infrequent and mildly irritating to incessant and debilitating.
When your sciatic nerve is pinched, sciatica symptoms occur. Some common causes of sciatica include:
Compression by a tumor
Complications from diseases (such as diabetes)
These conditions can irritate your sciatic nerve, resulting in the painful symptoms.
Our physicians first perform a comprehensive physical exam. It’s essential for them to be familiar with your symptoms and to fully understand your situation to make a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
After making a diagnosis, our physicians offer an array of innovative treatment options to relieve your pain.
The recommended treatment may be a combination that includes:
Prescribed pain medication
Sciatica Treatment Asheville
Dr. Lewis offers spinal cord stimulation treatments to address sciatica pain. These treatments utilize high-frequency stimulation, which offsets pain in the nerves affected by sciatica.
Call or book an appointment online today to set up an initial consultation with Comprehensive Pain Consultants to develop a customized treatment plan for your sciatica pain.