Sciatica refers to pain and inflammation along your sciatic nerve. Because this nerve runs from your lower back down through your legs, sciatica can cause pain in your back, buttocks, and legs. Like other pain conditions related to nerves, sciatica can cause debilitating and electric-like pain.
Sometimes treatment for sciatica relies on treating underlying conditions 一 such as bone spurs or herniated discus 一 but Brenton Wynn, MD and our team at Wynn Over Pain know that sometimes innovative treatments are required to find relief from sciatica. That’s why we offer interventional sciatica therapies here in our National City and Chula Vista, California, locations so that you can get the relief you need.
Here’s what you need to know about the innovative treatments we offer for sciatica.
Sciatica can develop from underlying spinal conditions, such as herniated discs, but it can also develop as a result of using improper form when lifting weights, being overweight, lacking a strong core, and having a physically demanding job. You might suspect that your pain is related to sciatica if you have:
Before committing to an interventional sciatica treatment, the first step is to confirm that sciatica is the source of your discomfort. Dr. Wynn uses on-site diagnostic testing to confirm the cause of your back pain.
Rest, medication, lifestyle modifications, managing underlying health conditions, and physical therapy are all go-to sciatica treatments, but unfortunately, they’re not always enough to bring comfort. Interventional therapies won’t treat any underlying condition, but they can offer pain relief and improve your quality of life. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Wynn recommends epidural steroid injections or spinal cord stimulation.
Epidural steroid injections are administered into the epidural space in your spine, delivering a combination of steroids and local anesthetics in close proximity to your sciatic nerve. The injections provide both short-term and long-term benefits. The local anesthetic acts quickly, while the steroids work to reduce inflammation.
Epidural steroid injections can be a good solution while you work on eliminating the ultimate causes of your sciatica. These injections complement other treatments, including lifestyle modifications such as losing weight, practicing good lifting form, etc.
Another innovative treatment for sciatica is a spinal cord stimulator. This is an implantable medical device that reduces pain by delivering a mild electrical current to your problematic nerves. The electrical impulse disrupts your nerve’s ability to send pain messages to your brain. Spinal cord stimulation isn’t right for everyone, but you can try it before the device is implanted. The trial allows you to see if this medical device is right for you and reduces your pain.
Sciatica can disrupt your routines, but you don’t need to suffer in silence. Visit Dr. Wynn at Wynn Over Pain and find out which interventional therapy is right for you. Call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today.