Sciatica

Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center

Vivekanand (Vic) Manocha, MD

Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in Springboro, OH & Vandalia, OH

If you’re bothered by electric-like jolts of pain in your low back with even the slightest movements, you may have a condition known as sciatica. At Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center, skilled pain management specialist Vivekanand (Vic) Manocha, MD, offers effective, nonsurgical treatments for managing sciatica pain. At his offices in Vandalia and Springboro, Ohio, Dr. Manocha provides steroid injections, innovative stem cell therapy, and other comprehensive treatments to help you find long-term pain relief from sciatica. Schedule a consultation at Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center today by using the online booking feature.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that develops when a herniated disc or chronic inflammation presses on the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that runs from your low back down into your hips, buttocks, and legs.

This compression results in chronic low back pain, which may radiate down into your hips and legs, making it difficult to walk or stay active.

In addition to a herniated disc, other common causes of sciatica-related pain include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Traumatic spine injury

You may be at an increased risk for developing sciatica as you age, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or working manual labor jobs.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The hallmark symptom of sciatica is pain that radiates down from your low back along the sciatic nerve. This pain is usually felt as an electric shock or a sudden jolt of pain that happens when you make a sudden movement, such as a sneeze or a cough.

Pain can range from a mild ache to severe, chronic pain that makes it difficult for you to stay active. You may also experience numbness or a tingling sensation in your legs or feet.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

To confirm pressure on the sciatic nerve and rule out other underlying conditions that may be triggering your low back pain, Dr. Manocha performs a physical exam of your spine. He may order imaging tests, like X-rays or a CT scan, to get a closer look at your lower spine structures.

After determining that your pain is related to sciatica, Dr. Manocha can recommend the right treatment for you based on the severity of your pain and any disability it creates.

How is sciatica treated?

Initially, Dr. Manocha may recommend prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to keep your pain under control. If medications aren’t enough for your severe pain, you may benefit from other treatments like:

  • Nerve blocks
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Epidural injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Dr. Manocha may recommend surgery if your sciatica is the result of a herniated disc. He can refer you for a procedure to remove the damaged lumbar disc and prevent further compression on your sciatic nerve.

If you have pain in your low back that radiates into your legs, schedule a sciatica evaluation today using the convenient online booking feature. 

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