Non-Surgical Sciatica Treatments in Milwaukee
The sciatic nerve stretches from the lower back, through each hip and buttock, and down each leg. Sciatica is a type of radiculopathy, which refers to a group of symptoms that occur when a nerve root is pinched in the spinal column. Sciatica usually occurs when a herniated disc, bone spur, or spinal stenosis presses against a nerve root. It usually only affects one side of the body.
The symptoms of sciatica are commonly felt along the path of the large sciatic nerve. Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Sciatica can be characterized by one or more of the following features:
- Radiating pain from the lower back, through the buttocks and down the back of the leg
- Lower back pain
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or a hard time moving the leg or foot
- A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched, usually by a herniated disc in the spine or by a bone spur on the vertebrae. Additional common causes of sciatica include:
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Muscle spasms in the back or buttocks
When symptoms do not improve with non-invasive treatments, interventional spinal injections may be offered. These may include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, and sacroiliac injections. Spinal injections are performed using fluoroscopy (x-ray guidance) to ensure proper placement of the needle so the medication is delivered to the appropriate place. In some cases, spinal injections can provide long-term pain relief and help you avoid the need for surgical treatment.
Interventional spine injections are performed to provide pain relief or diagnostic information by injecting steroid medication and anesthetic into a joint or an area surrounding your spinal nerves. The injections are performed under fluoroscopy (x-ray guidance) to ensure proper placement of the needle, so the medication is delivered in the appropriate place. There are several types of spinal injections, including epidural steroid injections, facet injections, and sacroiliac (SI) joint injections.
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