Researchers estimate that sciatica affects between 10-40% of the population at any given time. Though the condition usually resolves on its own, if you experience pain that interferes with your ability to stay mobile or active, seek treatment as soon as possible. At Pain Instacare, double board-certified pain management physician Rajan Gupta, MD, uses minimally invasive interventional pain management techniques to safely treat sciatica. To schedule an appointment at the office in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff, or click the online booking tool.
Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs when your sciatic nerve becomes compressed. This can occur due to a herniated disc, bone spur, or a narrowing of the spine.
Over time, sciatic nerve compression results in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including tingling, numbness, or burning, electric shock-like sensations. When left untreated, the condition can affect your balance, mobility, and quality of life.
Most cases of sciatica resolve on their own with rest and conservative measures of care. If your pain lasts for longer than a week, or your symptoms get progressively worse, contact Pain Instacare. That’s especially true if you experience sudden, severe pain or you have difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder.
Sciatica affects people of all genders and races, but certain factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop sciatica if you work a physically demanding job that requires you to frequently bend, lift, or reach.
To diagnose sciatica, Dr. Gupta asks about your symptoms and reviews your medical history. Then, he conducts a comprehensive physical. During the exam, Dr. Gupta tests your muscle strength and reflexes. He also has you perform a series of easy stretches and exercises to determine which movements or activities trigger discomfort.
If he suspects your symptoms are due to a bone spur or the narrowing of your spinal column, he might also order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These imaging techniques can provide detailed pictures of the hard and soft tissues in your spine.
At Pain Instacare, Dr. Gupta uses minimally invasive interventional pain management techniques to treat sciatica. Specifically, he uses epidural steroid injections.
An epidural steroid injection contains a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. During treatment, Dr. Gupta administers one (or several) injections near your spinal nerve roots. Once the medication enters your body, it blocks pain signals from reaching your brain, providing relief for several months.
The number of injections that will most benefit you depends on your age, medical history, and the severity of your symptoms.
Don’t wait to receive treatment for sciatica at Pain Instacare. Call the nearest office to speak with an administrative staff member, or click the online booking tool today.