Sciatica can develop when the sciatic nerve in your lower back gets compressed or damaged, resulting in the telltale shooting pain that travels down one leg. Gazelle Aram, MD, at Expert Care Center in Delray Beach, Florida, is a pain specialist who has extensive experience helping patients affected by sciatica to effectively manage their pain. If you’re suffering from sciatica or any other type of back pain, call Expert Care Center or book an appointment online today to meet with Dr. Aram.

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Sciatica Q & A

Sciatica is a common cause of low back pain that typically travels down one leg along the path of your sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve has its roots in the lumbar and sacral spine. Inflammation of the sciatic nerve responsible for sciatica can come from a number of causes, including:
  • Disc Herniation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal disc degeneration
  • Joint osteoarthritis
This problem is known as radiculopathy, and it can happen anywhere along your spine. The medical term for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy.

Sciatica causes a shooting or stabbing type of pain that can go from your lower back, through your hip, and down your leg, sometimes right to your foot.

Other symptoms of sciatica include tingling, numbness, and weakness in the affected leg, pain in the buttock, and muscle control problems. In most cases, sciatica only affects one leg, so your other leg is likely to be fine.

The sciatica treatments at Expert Care Center aim to relieve the inflammation in your sciatic nerve that’s causing your pain and other symptoms. The initial treatments are usually fairly conservative in nature, such as:
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Pain relief medication
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
If these approaches aren’t relieving your sciatica pain, Dr. Aram can try alternative treatments such as epidural injections. For the most advanced sciatica treatment options from a team of pain management specialists, call Expert Care Center or schedule a consultation online today.