Sciatica

Minimally Invasive Options for Pain Control

The sciatic nerve branches through the buttocks and the hips and down both legs. When severe pain moves along the same path as the sciatic nerve, you may have a condition known as sciatica. Cases of sciatica range from mild to severe pain, and treatments vary based on the specific situation. At miVIP, our back pain specialists are here to ensure that you live a pain-free life and eliminate the discomfort that is caused by sciatica symptoms.

Typically, sciatica is the result of a bone spur or herniated disk on the spine that then places pressure on part of the nerve, causing it to compress. This compression may cause pain, inflammation and even a numb feeling in the legs.

Are You at Risk?

Sciatica symptoms may affect close to 10% of the entire population in the United States, although milder cases may not be reported because the symptoms are not severe. Sciatica most commonly occurs in individuals between the ages of 25 and 45, but can affect an individual at any age if certain factors are present.

Causes of Sciatica

Typically, sciatica develops when the sciatic nerve is pinched or compressed in some way because of trauma to the spine. This may happen from the development of a bone spur on the spine or a herniated disk on the spine. In certain rare cases, sciatica is caused by a tumor near the nerve or damage to the sciatic nerve from diseases like diabetes.

Symptoms of Sciatica

The most common symptom of sciatica is a pain that starts in the lower back and moves down the buttock area and through the back of the leg. You may also notice some discomfort in any area along the nerve’s pathway. Pain may vary from mild aches and throbs to severe burning sensations or extreme discomfort. Usually, the condition only affects one side of the body and the pain may feel similar to an electric shock.

Treatment for Sciatica Symptoms

Some cases of sciatica can be treated with medication and physical therapy, while extreme cases are often treated with surgery. At miVIP, our back pain specialists are experienced and knowledgeable about treatment options and can help you pick the right one for your condition.

Surgery is often recommended when the pressure on the nerve causes a significant amount of weakness, pain that worsens or bladder and bowel incontinence. During the surgery, surgeons remove the damaged part of the herniated disc or the bone spur that is causing the pressure on the sciatic nerve.

A Bright Future without Pain

Patients who undergo procedures with our back pain specialists report a significant decrease in pain and other symptoms of sciatica. With our minimally invasive surgical options, patients enjoy less blood less, fewer complications, faster recovery times and less scarring.

Call miVIP today at 855-496-4847 to discuss your treatment options with one of our specialists. Don’t resign yourself to a life of pain when treatment is just a few steps away.Procedures: