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How Sciatic Nerve Pain Affects People

Living with sciatic nerve pain can be incredibly challenging, physically as well as mentally. This condition – commonly called sciatica – might make standing, walking, and even sitting difficult. In some cases, sciatica can limit one’s ability to work, or to accomplish simple daily tasks. 

Unfortunately, research suggests as many as 40% of people will have sciatica at some point in their lifetime – but there is hope for people who have it. Keep reading to learn more about how our pain management specialists in Indianapolis can help alleviate sciatic nerve pain. 

What Causes Sciatica?

The sciatic nerves are paired nerves that exit the spinal cord on the right and left side of the lower spine and branch off into the legs. Sometimes, these nerves can be pinched or compressed, due to a herniated spinal disc, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis lumbar spinal stenosis, and other conditions that affect the spine.

Sciatica often causes symptoms like numbness and weakness in the leg, back pain and stiffness, and pain in the buttocks or leg. These symptoms may fluctuate depending on time of day or activity level.

Common Treatments for Sciatica

Sciatica can resolve on its own in some cases. But often, symptoms recur or get progressively worse, especially if the underlying cause of the nerve compression is left unaddressed. In chronic cases, surgery may be necessary in order to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. Before heading to the operating room, however, most surgeons recommend conservative treatments to see if they effectively alleviate symptoms. 

At Center for Pain Management, we offer several non-surgical treatments known to provide sciatica relief. These treatments include:

  • Steroid injections, to reduce inflammation and swelling near the injured nerve and relieve pain at the source
  • Physical therapy, including the prescription of exercises and stretches that improve core strength and posture
  • Massage, to increase circulation and further alleviate inflammation and irritation

Some people with sciatica are also good candidates for implantable devices like spinal cord stimulators, which are highly effective at blocking pain signals and minimizing discomfort.

Do You Need Help With Sciatic Nerve Pain?

If sciatica is interfering with your quality of life, you need to see a pain management specialist. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation: (317) 706-7246.

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