As many as 40% of adults in the United States experience sciatica pain in their life. To keep you physically active and pain-free, the neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute offer customized treatment solutions, including corticosteroid injections and minimally invasive surgery. At their offices in Tulsa, Sallisaw, and Claremore, Oklahoma, the team focuses on increasing your mobility and preventing a worsening of your condition. Find out more about the available treatment options for sciatica by calling the Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute office nearest you today.
Sciatica is a condition that affects your lumbar (lower) spine. When pressure is put on the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that travels from your lower back down into your hips and legs, it can lead to pain and other symptoms that affect your quality of life and mobility.
There are a number of things that can put pressure on your sciatica nerve, including bone spurs and a herniated disc. You may also experience sciatica-related pain from spinal stenosis, a condition that causes your spine to narrow due to trauma or the natural aging process.
The hallmark symptom of sciatica is pain that begins in your lower back and radiates down into your hips and legs. This pain often feels like shock-like sensations with sudden movements, like a cough or a sneeze.
Compression on the sciatic nerve can also result in numbness, weakness, and tingling in your lower back, hips, legs, and feet.
While sciatica pain may start out as occasional, the condition can progress. This may result in chronic pain that’s severe enough to cause a disability.
Because of the distinct nature of sciatica symptoms, the specialists at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute can often diagnose sciatica after reviewing your symptoms. They perform a physical exam of your spine to rule out other issues that may be causing your lower back pain.
To identify bone spurs or a herniated disc, your provider orders X-rays and other diagnostic imaging tests like an MRI. Based on the results, your Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute provider creates a treatment plan to ease your pain and improve the range of motion in your lower back.
Initially, your Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute provider may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to keep you comfortable. You may also benefit from physical therapy to stretch your lower back and naturally relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve.
Other treatment options for sciatica include:
Your provider can administer injections of corticosteroid medications directly into your lower back to relieve inflammation. Injections can provide you with pain relief for several months.
A spinal cord stimulator is an implantable device that sends low currents of electricity into the epidural space of your spine to disrupt pain signals from traveling to your brain.
Stem cells can regenerate any type of cell, including bone and soft tissue. Injections of stem cells into the damaged area of your lumbar spine triggers your body’s natural healing power to relieve chronic pain and inflammation and heal tissue.
When you have pain from a herniated disc or a bone spur, the Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute neurosurgery team can perform surgery. They offer microsurgery to remove part or all of the damaged disc. The team can also remove bone spurs pressing on the nerve using minimally invasive techniques or replace damaged discs with artificial disc replacement surgery.
If chronic sciatica pain is keeping you from physical activity, schedule a consultation at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute by calling the office nearest you today.