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Sciatica

If you’re experiencing excruciating pain or an electric shock-like sensation that travels from your buttocks down one of your legs, it may be sciatica. Metro Denver Pain Management provides treatment for sciatica to help relieve your symptoms, whether your sciatica is acute or chronic. If you live in or around the Colorado community of Evergreen, call the office to schedule an appointment at the office most convenient to you or use the online booking button.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that causes you to experience pain or tingling down your sciatic nerve, which is a pencil-thick nerve that travels from your lower back through your buttocks and down your leg on both sides of your body. The pain is usually caused by some sort of irritation to the nerve, such as:

  • Spinal stenosis, narrowing of your spinal column
  • Herniated disc
  • Bone spurs

Although not common, you may also develop sciatica if diabetes damages your nerve or you have a tumor that presses on the nerve.


What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

With sciatica, you can feel pain along any part of the nerve, but it most often causes you to feel a pain that starts at your lower spine and then travels through your buttocks and into your leg. Pain severity varies and may be mild to severe. You may also experience a burning, tingling, or an electric shock-like sensation.

While you can treat mild symptoms of sciatica at home with over-the-counter pain medications and rest, if your sciatica fails to improve after a week and it’s affecting your ability to do your everyday tasks, call the pain specialists at Metro Denver Pain Management for an evaluation and treatment plan.


How is Sciatica Treated?

Your pain specialist at Metro Denver Pain Management creates an individualized treatment based on your symptoms and health history.

Medications used to manage sciatica pain include:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure medication

If oral medications fail to relieve your pain, your specialist may recommend a steroid injection at the site of the nerve to reduce inflammation and alleviate your pain.

Surgery isn’t usually necessary for sciatica. But if the nerve compression is severe and causing excruciating pain or you’ve lost control of your bowel or bladder, surgery may be recommended to remove the bone spur or herniated disc compressing your nerve.

You may be referred to a physical therapist after your sciatica pain resolves so you can learn exercises and body mechanics to reduce your risk of sciatica recurring.

 


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