The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, down to the back of both legs. Pressure, damage or irritation to the sciatic nerve can cause pain to radiate throughout a person’s lower body.
This mild to severe nerve pain is known as Sciatica.
WHAT IS SCIATICA AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE IT?
Sciatica pain can occur in the lower back, hips, buttocks, legs or feet. Some patients may feel sharp pain in these areas; others may feel numb or tingling sensations. Sciatica often affects just one side of the body and makes general mobility difficult for the patient.
It’s possible for a herniated disc or bone spur to cause sciatica pain. Additionally, being overweight, lack of exercise or regular use of non-supportive footwear can also cause sciatica.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SCIATICA?
Sciatica can be treated differently depending on the cause. Physical therapy, medication and/or spinal injection can provide temporary pain relief.
When nonsurgical measures do not provide adequate relief, minimally invasive surgical techniques such as a discectomy, may be the best option. A full evaluation is recommended to determine the best treatment options for the patient.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING
[Since my bulging disc correction] I haven't had pain in my leg at all and had only a little pain in my back from my surgery, but zero pain in my legs, the sciatica is gone.
Edward, age 55, bulging disc injury
Today my back and hip feel tremendous. My legs are still a bit weak, possibly from nerve damage that occurred prior to surgery. I’m going to physical therapy 3 times per week. I was back at work on November 15th, 3 weeks after surgery.
Robert, age 58,
history of disc herniation and previous surgeries
Nobody likes to be injured and neck surgery is a delicate procedure, but Dr. Massoud explained what needed to be done, which made me feel more comfortable. [Post-surgery] I felt great, and today the pain is completely gone.
Francisco, Age 48, Cervical Injury