Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, refers to pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which branches from the lower portion of the spinal column through the hips and buttocks and down each leg.
- Symptoms of Sciatica
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely occurs in both legs)
- Pain that is worse when in a sitting position
- Inflammation, burning or tingling down the leg (vs. a dull ache)
- Weakness, numbness down the back, outside or front of the leg
- Difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk
- Lower back pain is sometimes present
Pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. Some patients may only experience an irritating pain at certain times, but it can get worse. If you continue to have severe pain after six weeks of conservative treatments, DISC of Louisiana may want to schedule an appointment to consider a minimally invasive surgical option.
Causes of Sciatica
Northshore surgeons, Dr. K. Samer Shamieh and Dr. Jeremy James, are conservative, minimally invasive spine surgeons. At DISC of Louisiana we will work with you to treat a vertebral compression fracture non-surgically first. Typically, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and short-term pain medications will resolve 90% of the cases in less than six weeks. Other drugs, physical therapy and epidural steroid injections are usually done prior to surgical intervention. When conservative treatments fail, surgery is recommended.
Potential Minimally Invasive Procedures:
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DISC of Louisiana offers spinal procedures using minimally invasive techniques. It means smaller incisions, sometimes less than an inch, that is often covered with a band-aid. The minimally invasive spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through the tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Unlike traditional “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.
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