Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, is a condition characterized by pain that radiates down your leg(s) from your lower back as a result of irritation to your sciatic nerve. When your sciatic nerve is compressed, it causes inflammation and sharp pain that follows the path of your sciatic nerve all the way from your lower back down to your foot.
At Elmhurst Orthopaedics, we understand how debilitating this pain can be, and Dr. Koutsky is one of the leading spine care experts experienced in treating sciatica and its root causes. Because sciatica is a symptom as opposed to a condition, Dr. Koutsky will work closely with you to determine the cause of your sciatica pain in order to develop a personalized treatment plan designed to get you back to optimum wellness.
There is generally one tell-tale symptom of sciatica, and that is pain that radiates from your lumbar spine (lower back) down your leg.Your sciatica symptoms may include:
- Radiating pain from your lower back down your leg
- Pain, tingling, burning, or numbness along sciatic nerve pathway
- Sharp or jolting pain that feels like a leg cramp
- Pain when you move
Generally, you will only experience symptoms on one side of your body. The pain you experience with sciatica can vary from mild to severe.
If your pain is getting in the way of living your best life, call us today at 630.834.0491 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Koutsky. He will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan so that you can finally get relief from your pain.
Causes of Sciatica
As you age, your body experiences natural wear to the many intricate parts of your spine. Since sciatica pain is indicative of an underlying condition, the root cause will determine the appropriate course of treatment. Dr. Koutsky will work closely to ensure that the root cause of your sciatica pain is discovered. Some causes of sciatica pain are:
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative disc disease is characterized by the wearing down of your intervertebral discs, causing pain and irritation to the sciatic nerve root.
A herniated disc happens when the center portion of your intervertebral disc protrudes through the outer portion, putting pressure on your sciatic nerve root.
Sciatica Pain Treatment
At Elmhurst Orthopaedics, we believe that conservative, non-surgical treatment is always the first option for sciatica pain treatment. However, we understand that surgery is sometimes necessary.
- Heat/Cold therapy
- Pain medications
- Epidural steroid injections
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic treatment
- Microdiscectomy: Usually indicated when the underlying cause of pain is a bone spur or herniated disk
- Laminectomy: Indicated when the underlying cause of pain is spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spine.
Take Back Your Life
Determining the best way to get sciatica pain relief is generally a process of determining the underlying cause and deciding what works best for you specifically. For expert spine care and pain relief, visit Elmhurst Orthopaedics.