Sciatica is a common pain condition that affects as many as 40% of people at some point during their life. Though sciatica can resolve with at-home care, the condition can recur or become chronic. At Cell Bionics Institute, board-certified pain management specialist, Nameer Haider, MD, FAAPM&R, DABPM, focuses on healing the underlying cause of your sciatica to alleviate your symptoms and prevent a recurrence of pain. To schedule an appointment with the innovative pain management specialist, call the office in Sterling, Virginia, or Utica, New York, or request an appointment online today.
Sciatica is a painful condition that develops due to irritation or pinching of your sciatic nerve. This thick nerve runs from your lumbar spine through your buttocks and into both legs. The nerve is responsible for supporting muscle movement throughout your leg, as well as providing sensory information.
If your sciatic nerve is irritated or pinched, you may experience pain sensations that radiate into one of your legs. The type of pain can range from a dull ache to electric shock-like sensations. Sciatica may also cause tingling, numbness, or burning.
Herniated discs and bone spurs are the most common cause of sciatica. A herniated disc, also referred to as a slipped disc, is a condition that develops when a tear in the outer portion of the disc allows the center of the disc to bulge out, which may press or irritate your sciatic nerve.
Bone spurs are bony projections that develop over time due to the degenerative changes that occur in your spine as you get older. Like the bulging disc, the bone spur irritates the sciatic nerve, leading to the symptoms.
In addition to aging, you may be at greater risk of developing sciatica if you’re obese, you sit for prolonged periods, or you have diabetes.
Dr. Haider performs comprehensive assessments when you come in for a sciatica evaluation. The goal of the evaluation is to understand the root cause of your pain, which allows him to develop the most effective treatment plan.
During your evaluation, Dr. Haider reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. He may also request diagnostic tests, such as an ultrasound or MRI, to confirm or rule out the cause of your sciatica.
Dr. Haider develops personalized treatment plans for the management of sciatica based on the cause and severity of your condition, as well as your overall health. Dr. Haider is a pain management specialist and offers many innovative treatments for alleviating sciatica, including joint injections and nerve blocks.
However, to prevent a recurrence of your sciatica, Dr. Haider may focus on healing the underlying cause of your pain with regenerative medicine, which may include:
Dr. Haider also offers the minimally invasive Biodisc® procedure, which is a technique he trademarked, that involves the injection of stem cells or PRP into the damaged disc to stimulate the natural healing process.
For long-term relief from your sciatica from a physician focused on healing your body, call Cell Bionics Institute or request an appointment online today.