Sciatica is a common type of pain that can make even the simplest tasks difficult to perform.
Fortunately, sciatica can be managed with a variety of treatment options including both at-home remedies and in-office care.
Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin can offer the residents of Austin, TX, and beyond relief for their sciatica.
What Is Sciatica?
Find Relief for Your Sciatica With our doctors in the greater Austin, TX, area
Patients experience sciatica differently, but we understand how painful the condition can often be. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists Dr. Robert Josey and Dr. Michael Moghimi can treat your condition so you don't have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms it can cause.
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The Symptoms of Sciatica
Symptoms can vary from patient to patient, but sciatica commonly begins as pain that radiates from the lumbar region (the lower area of the back) to the buttocks and down the back of the leg. However, pain can be felt anywhere along the nerve pathway.
The pain that is experienced can be described in different terms, but patients commonly report signs and sensations such as:
- Radiating pain
- Muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot
- Bowel or bladder incontinence
Many patients report that their symptoms are worse when coughing, sneezing, and sitting or standing for long periods of time. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms for longer than a week, the symptoms are severe, or the symptoms seem to be getting progressively worse, you should contact our specialists serving the community of Austin, TX, immediately.
Additional Causes of Sciatica
Though a herniated disc, bone spurs, or spinal stenosis may be the cause of your radiculopathy, there are some additional causes that may be to blame, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Piriformis syndrome (spasms and pain in a buttocks muscle)
- Tumors of the nerves in the spine or the sciatic nerve
- Certain diseases like diabetes
Our specialists serving Austin, TX, and the surrounding areas can determine the root cause of your sciatica and how best to treat it.
If you may have sciatica, our Austin-area specialists can perform a thorough examination to make an accurate diagnosis. Diagnostic tests and imaging may include:
- An X-ray
- An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
- A CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan
- An EMG (electro myelogram)
Treating Sciatica on Your Own
Sciatica can sometimes be resolved with at-home self-care measures. Some simple things you can try include:
- Resting for a day or two
- Placing a cold pack on the affected area
- Applying heat to areas that hurt
- Stretching the back muscles
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication
If you still have symptoms after a week of trying home remedies, it may be time to contact a specialist.
Exploring Options for Sciatica Treatment WITH OUR SPINE SPECIALISTS SERVING AUSTIN, TX, AND BEYOND
Analgesics, steroids, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatory medications may all be prescribed for sciatica to alleviate the pain.
Supervised exercises can strengthen core muscles and reduce inflammation. Our specialists can design a physical therapy program that includes exercises that correct posture, strengthen the muscles supporting the back, and improve flexibility.
Gentle skeletal manipulations can sometimes provide relief for back pain. The aim of chiropractic adjustments is to restore spinal movement and improve function. This can be a good option for treating lower back pain, but may not be the best treatment for alleviating radiating pain.
Massage therapy can alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve. Weekly massages can help loosen back and leg muscles and promote blood circulation to inflamed areas. Massage therapy may be a good option for people who are also undergoing physical therapy or chiropractic adjustments.
Some patients find acupuncture effective for reducing or eliminating discomfort. If you choose this alternative therapy, be sure to find a licensed practitioner who has had extensive training.
Occasionally, injections of a corticosteroid into the affected area may be able to reduce back pain by suppressing the inflammation around the nerve. Unfortunately, the effects of steroid injections may only last a few months and can't be administered frequently due to side effects.
Though the back pain and tingling associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases typically resolve within a few weeks of non-surgical treatment.
We Can Treat Your Sciatica With a Variety of Treatment Options
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists pride themselves on being able to use minimally-invasive procedures and advanced techniques to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Dr. Robert Josey and Dr. Michael Moghimi can devise a sciatica treatment plan that works for you.
If you're interested in treating your sciatica, contact our offices. We serve the residents of Austin, TX, and beyond.
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Exploring Surgery as a Last Resort
Once our specialists have exhausted all other treatment options, they may recommend surgery, particularly if the patient has suffered serious leg pain for a month or more or is losing bowel and bladder control. Dr. Robert Josey and Dr. Michael Moghimi will work with you to determine the most appropriate surgical option for your needs after considering the severity of your sciatic pain and its impact on your daily life.
The two most common surgical treatments for sciatica include:
During this procedure, all or part of a herniated disc is removed so it can no longer put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Many patients notice relief for their sciatic pain and numbness immediately, but symptoms can also trail off over the course of about six weeks.
The spinal cord and canal are protected by a bony plate called the lamina. During a laminectomy, a portion of the lamina is removed to create adequate space for the spinal nerves. An estimated 75 to 90% of patients may experience pain relief after receiving a laminectomy.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Though surgery is a more invasive treatment option than other methods, advancements in technology have allowed for more conservative and effective treatment. Our Austin-area specialists can perform minimally invasive surgeries that use smaller incisions and require a shorter recovery time.
Making Your Results Last
Strengthening the core and lumbar muscles can improve your posture and alignment.
Be Mindful of Posture
When sitting for long periods of time, try to sit up straight in a chair that offers lumbar support and has armrests. You can also place a pillow or rolled towel at the small of your back to help it maintain its natural curve. Keep your knees level with your hips.
When standing for long periods of time, rest one foot on a higher object like a box. When lifting a heavy object, lift with your legs, keep your back straight, and keep the heavy object close to your body.
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