Learn How to treat your Sciatica Pain with these effective treatments.
Outside of the common cold, low back pain is one of the leading causes of absence at work. It affects 65% – 85% of Americans at some point in their lives. With age and “wear and tear” sprains or spasms can be brought on by poor lifting techniques, improper posture, bad back habits or an unhealthy ergonomic environment. Another major cause is disc problems. Disc problems are commonly referred to as a “herniated disc or bulging disc”. In a healthy back, discs allow the spine to be flexible, unfortunately with time, inherit weakness or trauma, risk of this condition increases. Medically speaking, this is described when the Nucleus Pulposus bulges or herniates (extrusion) through the wall of the annulus fibrosus. Essentially, the center of your disc filled with gel (nucleus) breaks through the outer shelled discs (annulus). You experience pain when the bulging disc presses on a spinal nerve root, from there the pain can radiate in the leg causing sciatica.
Here is a list of the common causes of Sciatica:
- Lumbar Bulging Disc or Herniated Disc
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Spinal Tumors
Non-Surgical Methods to Treating Sciatica
Medici Medical Arts has helped alleviate pain from sciatica by effectively using multi-modality techniques including physical therapy, dry needling, anti – inflammatory medications, and epidural injections amongst others. Epidural injections are an integral part of the non-surgical management of sciatica and low back pain. The injection alone is sufficient to provide relief, but when used in conjunction with physical therapy, it helps to provide optimal outcomes.
The Epidural injection is performed to relieve low back pain and radiating leg pain, thus reducing swelling and inflammation. During this 15 min procedure you may receive conscious sedation.