Lumbar radiculopathy (Sciatica) is pain that manifests along the sciatic nerve, the longest in the body, and travels from the back of the pelvis and along the thigh and foot.
What are the causes of sciatica?
Herniated discs are usually the primary cause for inducing sciatic pain as it presses down on a spinal nerve. There are other, less common, causes for this condition:
Symptoms of several medical conditions may manifest differently from patient to patient. Because of this, symptoms may be a sign of a different medical condition. However, there are symptoms that are highly common with sciatica:
As with most medical conditions, you physician may begin with checking your medical history and perform a physical examination. After these are cleared, some diagnostic tests may be performed in order to give doctors a detailed view of the inner workings of their patient’s bodies. These are some of the options they may turn to:
For many, treatment may have to be tailored to complement the specific needs and ability of the patient in question. Prior to offering options on treatment, doctors may need to consider the following:
At Pain & Spine Center of Charlottesville, we provide some medication such as antidepressants and anticonvulsants. Nerve blocks may provide good relief and some patients might need a trial of spinal cord stimulation. Call us today at 434-328-2774 to schedule your appointment!