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Sciatica

Sciatica is easy to recognize by the pain that radiates from your lower back and down one leg. Though your pain may be tolerable, it’s excruciating for many people. The dual board-certified doctors at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness have extensive experience helping patients overcome their sciatica symptoms and get back to an active life. To learn more about your treatment options, schedule an appointment online or call one of the 11 offices across two states: Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Crestview, Pensacola, Panama City, and Tallahassee, Florida, and Mobile, Daphne, and Dothan, Alabama.


Sciatica Q & A

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is a group of symptoms that occur when your sciatic nerve is pinched. The sciatic nerves leave the lower spine and travel through your left and right buttocks and legs, going all the way down to your feet.

Sometimes the nerve is pinched due to an injury. In most cases, however, sciatica is caused by spine conditions such as:

  • A herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bone spurs

The nerve can also be pinched by muscles in your buttocks if they spasm or tighten. But this condition, called piriformis syndrome, isn’t common.

What symptoms occur if I have sciatica?

Sciatica’s hallmark symptom is pain that starts in your lower back and shoots down one leg. Though the severity of this radiating pain varies, most people describe it as a severe, electric-shock pain that’s debilitating while it lasts.

You can have acute or chronic sciatica. The acute condition causes sudden pain that typically heals in several weeks. Chronic sciatica lasts longer than three months and often feels worse when you sit for a long time or engage in activities that require bending or twisting.

In both types of sciatica, you may also experience tingling or numbness that radiates down the leg. In severe cases, you can develop muscle weakness that makes it hard to bend your knee or move your foot.

How is sciatica treated?

You may get the pain relief you need with anti-inflammatory medications, a stretching program, and physical therapy, which are all available at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness. 

If your pain doesn’t improve, your provider may recommend treatments such as:

Lumbar epidural steroid injection

Injecting steroids into the epidural space along the spinal cord significantly improves your pain by reducing nerve inflammation.

Radiofrequency ablation

Your provider uses radiofrequency energy to create a wound on the specific nerve sending pain signals to your brain. As a result, your brain doesn’t get the message, so your pain diminishes.

Spinal cord stimulation

This treatment uses mild electrical stimulation to block the pain signals traveling through spinal nerves.

Regenerative medicine

If the source of your sciatica is a damaged spinal disc, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell therapy may help the disc heal naturally.

As soon as you experience the shooting pain of sciatica, call DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness or book an appointment online.

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DYNAMIC PAIN & WELLNESS

Pain Management Specialists located in Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Crestview, Pensacola, Panama City and Tallahassee, FL. Also located in Daphne, Mobile & Dothan, AL.

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