Sciatica

Tim Chowdhury, MD -  - Interventional Pain Management

Ortho-Spine Rehabilitation Center

Tim Chowdhury, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Dublin, OH & Marion, OH

Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, and that can become painfully clear when the nerve has been compromised. If you’re dealing with the pain of sciatica, Tim Chowdhury, MD, at Ortho-Spine Rehab Center can help. Using the latest pain management techniques, Dr. Chowdhury helps his patients to regain pain-free activities. If you live in Dublin or Marion, Ohio, schedule an appointment today by phone or online to learn more about sciatica treatment.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica isn’t a condition, but rather a symptom of something that’s affecting your sciatic nerve, which starts in your low back and branches out to run down the backs of both your legs. The most common causes of sciatica include:

  • A herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spur

There are also many factors that make you more prone to sciatica, such as age, carrying extra weight, or spending long hours in a chair. As well, pre-existing conditions that affect your nerves, like diabetes, also play a role in the onset of sciatica.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The hallmark of sciatica is pain that originates in your low back and runs down one side of your buttocks and leg. The pain may be intermittent or constant, depending upon the degree of nerve interference. The pain level can also range from mild to severe.

You may also experience tingling or numbness that radiates down your leg, as well as muscle weakness.

How is sciatica treated?

After Dr. Chowdhury confirms that your sciatic nerve is compromised, he typically starts out conservatively, recommending the following measures for early treatment:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain medications
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Antidepressants or anti-seizure medications, and
  • Physical Therapy

If your sciatica pain resists medications, Dr. Chowdhury may recommend injections, such as nerve root block or epidural steroid injections. These injections reduce the inflammation surrounding your sciatic nerve, giving it the room it needs to function normally again.

If your sciatica stems from a problem in your disc, he may recommend an MRI to evaluate the extent of the nerve root compromise. If the nerve root is severely compromised, he may recommend a surgical solution to remove the portion of the disc that’s compromising your sciatic nerve root(s).

In addition to these solutions, Dr. Chowdhury typically recommends a physical therapy program to prevent sciatica from developing again by strengthening the muscles in the area.

Get rid of unwanted pain and resolve your sciatica for good. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chowdhury today by phone or through the online booking tool.