Sciatica is a type of pain that typically occurs when a disk in your lower spine herniates and places pressure on the sciatic nerve. This can result in chronic pain or discomfort in the lower back, hips, legs, feet, or toes. Our doctors in Cedar Park, Lakeway, and Austin, TX, offer a variety of sciatica treatment options, including surgery when methods such as physical therapy or steroid injections do not relieve symptoms.
Sciatica is a common problem. While patients may complain of similar symptoms, not everyone suffers from sciatica in the same way. Some report uncomfortable tingling and numbness. Others describe a burning or radiating pain that curtails many day-to-day activities. Some also suffer from bowel or bladder incontinence. Anyone with these symptoms should contact a medical professional immediately.
There are several conditions that can lead to sciatica. Some of these include:
We will first try to resolve issues using nonsurgical treatment.
Patients may believe they have sciatica based on their symptoms. However, a thorough examination is necessary to achieve an accurate diagnosis. Typically, tests are required to confirm the diagnosis, such as:
In many cases, pain from sciatica can be alleviated with a combination of:
Doctors may also prescribe medications ranging from analgesics and steroids to muscle relaxers. Occasionally, spinal injections may be recommended. When these fail to solve the problem, doctors may propose surgery, particularly if the patient has suffered serious leg pain for a month or more, or is losing bowel and bladder control.
Our doctors will only recommend surgery if noninvasive treatments fail to provide relief. A primary factor to consider is the severity of sciatic pain and its impact on daily life. Dr. Robert Josey and Dr. Michael Mogimi will work with you to determine the most appropriate treatment option for your needs. When addressing sciatica, the two most common surgical treatments include:
Advancements in technology allow for more conservative and effective treatment. We provide minimally invasive surgery using smaller incisions and requiring a shorter recovery time.
If you are experiencing sciatica symptoms, we are here to help. Contact Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin online or call (512) 476-2830 to schedule your private consultation.