About 40% of Americans experience sciatica at some point in their lives. If you have lower back pain that shoots down one or both of your legs, contact Juliet Burry, MD, at the Pain Management Institute of Orlando in Altamonte, Florida. Dr. Burry diagnoses sciatica and creates customized treatments to relieve your symptoms and treat the condition causing them. Call or make an appointment online today.
Sciatica isn’t an independent health condition, but the name for a collection of symptoms caused by the compression of your sciatic nerve in your lower spine. Your sciatic nerve is the biggest and thickest nerve in your body. It extends from your lower back and splits to run down through both sides of your buttocks and thighs, ending just below your knee.
When this nerve is compressed, it causes symptoms including:
Sciatica symptoms vary from patient to patient. For example, your pain could be mild or severe, or it could burn, throb, or stab. Sciatica symptoms are often aggravated by spending a long time sitting. Also, while sciatica commonly affects one side of your body at a time, you can experience symptoms in both of your legs.
The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc in your lower spine. There’s very little extra space in your spine, so any problem that crops up increases your risk of compressing a nerve. Other conditions that can cause sciatica include:
Your risk of developing sciatica peaks in your 30s and 40s. However, your job and lifestyle also contribute to your risk. For example, if you’re overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle, or have a job that requires you to lift and move heavy objects, you’re more likely to experience sciatica.
At the Pain Management Institute of Orlando, Dr. Burry offers customized treatments to relieve your sciatica and address the issue causing it. After your initial consultation, she creates a personalized treatment plan that can involve a variety of therapies. Some of the common sciatica treatments include:
In severe cases, you’ll need a procedure like a lumbar laminectomy, or discectomy, to create more space in your spine.
Dr. Burry can also recommend lifestyle changes like adding moderate exercise to your daily routine and losing weight. She can also teach you stretches and movements to practice at home to relieve your symptoms.
If you think you have sciatica, call the Pain Management Institute of Orlando or make an appointment online today.