Treatment for Your Sciatica

Sciatica isn’t an uncommon issue. 40% of people will experience this problem at some point during their lives, and your likelihood of suffering from sciatica only increases as you age. Sciatica can come and go or cause chronic pain for years at a time. If you struggle with sciatica, seeking diagnosis and treatment is the first step to finding solutions and managing your condition. 

Dr. Nameer Haider at Cell Bionics Institute, with locations in Sterling, Virginia and Utica, New York, can accurately diagnose sciatica and recommend the best course of treatment for you.

Symptoms of sciatica 

Sciatica refers to pain originating from the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body. It stretches from the lumbar spinal region in your lower back, through your buttocks, hips, and then down the side of your leg into your foot. Most people only experience sciatica symptoms on one side. 

Sciatica causes radiating pain along its entire pathway. The pain can vary from a mild ache to a sharp, strong sensation, or feel like an electric shock. Sitting for long periods of time can make the pain worse when you get up, and coughing or sneezing can aggravate the pain. 

Muscle weakness and numbness can also occur with sciatica. However, if you begin to experience sciatica after a traumatic injury; suffer sudden, severe pain and muscle weakness; or lose control of your bowels or bladder, seek medical attention immediately. 

What causes sciatica 

It’s generally understood that sciatica results when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched in the spine. This can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, including: 

There are many risk factors for sciatica, such as: 

Diagnosing and treating sciatica 

Many cases of sciatica resolve themselves within a few days. It’s just a matter of resting and doing sciatica stretches until the pinched nerve loosens itself. If the pain lasts longer than a week, gets worse, or becomes unbearable, it might be a sign that something else is wrong. 

This is when getting your sciatica diagnosed is important. A specialist will have the skills and experience to determine what’s causing your sciatica, and begin suggesting self-care measures and treatment options. There are many treatments for alleviating sciatica and preventing recurrences. These include: 

In cases where sciatica is caused by severely herniated discs, the problem can be alleviated or even solved by the Biodisc® procedure, a technique trademarked by Dr. Haider. This minimally invasive surgery involves injecting stem cells into the damaged discs in your spine, which encourages healing and helps you recover faster. 

Tired of suffering from sciatica pain? Talk to an expert and learn more about your options by scheduling a consultation at Cells Bionics Institute. Call the location closest to you, or book an appointment online

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