If you have burning, sharp, or radiating pain, it could be because of sciatica. At Spine & Pain Specialists of the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina, interventional pain medicine specialist Aashish Kumar, MD, D.ABA diagnoses and treats sciatica pain to offer relief and improve your quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that stems from sciatic nerve compression. Your sciatic nerve’s pathway extends from your lower back through your hips, buttocks, and legs.
Sciatica can be excruciating. Fortunately, help is within reach at Spine & Pain Specialists of the Carolinas.
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
Sciatica pain could get worse when you sneeze, cough, or sit for prolonged periods. The discomfort often affects just one side of your body.
Common sciatica risk factors include:
You might have sciatica because of carrying something heavy, twisting your back a certain way, or driving a car for a long time. The cause of sciatica pain isn’t always clear.
Ways to reduce the risk of sciatica include maintaining a healthy body weight, using proper lifting techniques, using good posture, getting regular exercise, and properly managing diabetes if you have it.
To find out if you have sciatica and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Kumar checks your vital signs, review your symptoms and medical history, and complete a physical exam. He may recommend blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or nerve testing.
Dr. Kumar might suggest one or more of the following treatments for sciatica discomfort:
To get relief from sciatica, call the Spine & Pain Specialists of the Carolinas office or schedule an appointment online today.