Jenny was a 42 yr old woman who hobbled into New Life Medical Clinic in Jackson, TN, serving Nashville, TN, unable to stand up straight or walk without crutches. Every step caused her to cry due to her 3 week battle with severe stabbing pain in her buttock and right leg. She was suffering with an acute attack of sciatica, an irritation of the sciatic nerve. Doctor Roy Schmidt gave her adequate treatment, and she was able to walk without a cane and give her life back.
Did you know the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the entire body and supplies the entire lower limb. It causes some of the most common back, buttock and leg pain experienced by the general population. This nerve leaves the lower back, enters the pelvis and transcends deep into the buttock muscles before deciding into the thigh and lower leg. It is no wonder why the people commonly complain of sciatica pain. Many have been told that sciatica pain is chronic and they will “have to live with it”. However, New Life Medical Group has many options for sciatica pain.
Sciatica is a disorder caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve, and can cause pain, numbness and tingling in the back, buttock and entire leg. Some describe sciatica as a “dull, aching pain” that increases in intensity with activity. Others describe sciatica as a sharp, shooting pain, or a stabbing pain in the buttock. This pain can quickly inhibit your daily activities, or cause you to stop all activities.
What causes Sciatic pain?
Sciatica has many causes, but the most common results from degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or a herniated lumbar disc. Hip disorders, pelvis related changes from pregnancy, or a previous surgery can also cause sciatica.
What can be done?
Traditional pain treatment for acute sciatic pain has previously been bed rest or physical therapy. New Life Medical Group of Jackson, TN, serving Nashville, TN, has available treatment plans that will help increase your healing and function. Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections are a common treatment option for many forms of low back pain and leg pain. Steroid injections can reduce inflammation about the sciatic nerve when injected directly into the painful area. The purpose of injections is to provide pain relief, but also allow the patient to begin rehabilitation exercises that will be most effective for longterm pain relief.
What happens after the treatment?
Most patients can walk around immediately after the procedure, but are encouraged to take it easy for 24 hours post procedure. Typically, patients resume full activity the next day. Results can take up to 10 days to have the full effect. For those who experience more severe pain, more than one epidural injection may be necessary. Duration of pain relief varies from days to years, but the staff at New Life Medical Group in Jackson, TN, serving Nashville, TN, will monitor your success and needs.
New Life Medical Group also offers spinal cord stimulation for chronic sciatic pain or post laminectomy syndrome.
You do not have to suffer alone if you have suffered from sciatica pain. Call our office in Jackson, TN today for more information.Leave a reply →