Sciatica

Southern Pain and Spine

Pain Management & Interventional Spine Specialist located in Gainesville, GA

Sciatica is a common cause of lower back pain. However, the pain occurs because of pinching or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Though sciatica pain may resolve on its own with at-home care, if you have severe or chronic sciatica symptoms, Ankur Patel, DO, RPH, and the team at Southern Pain and Spine can help. They take a comprehensive and conservative approach to sciatica, providing treatments to restore health and ease pain. Call the office in Gainesville, Georgia, or request a referral online today.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a type of nerve pain. It occurs from compression, pinching, or irritation of your sciatic nerve. 

Your sciatic nerve is the thickest nerve in your body. It’s made up of several nerve roots that exit from the lumbar and sacral part of your spine. These nerve roots combine in the buttocks, and travel down your leg on both sides of your body. The sciatic nerve is a sensory and motor nerve. 

The pain condition most often occurs from a herniated disc that irritates or compresses one of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine. This is known as lumbar radiculopathy. 

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms vary in type and severity. Your pain may be sharp, causing electric shock-like jolts of pain, or you may have tingling, burning, or numbness. However, with sciatica, symptoms usually only affect one side of the body. 

The pain may come and go and cause more discomfort in your leg than the lower back

When should I seek pain management for sciatica?

If your sciatica symptoms are mild, your pain may go away with at-home care. However, you may benefit from a consultation with the pain management experts at Southern Pain and Spine if your sciatica pain is severe or a recurring problem.

You may also benefit from care at Southern Pain and Spine if you want to prevent a recurrence of your sciatica. The team takes a functional approach to pain management, providing exercises and posture therapy that may improve spine health and muscle support to prevent future lower back pain problems. 

The team conducts a thorough exam and runs diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out the root cause of your sciatica.

How is sciatica treated?

The Southern Pain and Spine team takes a patient-focused approach to care and customizes your sciatica treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause of your condition.

Taking a comprehensive and conservative approach, your plan may include:

  • Gentle stretching exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication management
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks

The goal of your sciatica treatment plan is to improve your level of function and quality of life. 

Find out more about sciatica treatment at Southern Pain and Spine by calling the office or requesting a referral online today.