See a Pain Specialist to get Rid of Sciatica Pain
The pain of sciatica usually shows up as a mild or sharp ache in the lower back and leg. The pain typically begins in the buttock and lower hip and radiates down along the back of the leg — even going down to the toes. Pain may worsen upon prolonged sitting or when you sneeze or cough.
Sciatica is a Symptom, not a Condition
Sciatica is not actually a condition in itself. It is a symptom of an underlying medical condition which is often a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease or lumbar spinal stenosis.
If you are experiencing Sciatica symptoms, you need to see a pain specialist or a pain management doctor. Pain specialists use non- and minimally invasive treatments to relieve pain of sciatica.
Interventional Pain Management
Interventional pain management focuses on minimally invasive procedures such as injections and nerve blocks to alleviate pain, on an outpatient basis.
· Facet joint injections
Facet joints are the tiny joints of the posterior spine. The joints are inflamed in certain conditions, such as arthritis, which leads to back pain. When a lumbar (lower back) facet joint becomes inflamed, it can cause pain in the lower back that radiates into the buttocks and legs or sciatica pain.
A facet joint injection (FJI) involves injecting an anti-inflammatory agent (corticosteroid) into one or more facet joints. This procedure can relieve the chronic Sciatica pain.
· Sciatic Nerve block
A sciatic nerve block is an ideal option for patients suffering from severe sciatic nerve pain or those have not experienced relief despite conservative treatments. A sciatic nerve block helps to block the transfer of sensory information from the lower extremities to the spinal cord and brain. Blocking the transfer of information helps to reduce or eliminate sciatic nerve pain.
· Lumbar Epidural steroid injections
A lumbar epidural steroid injection delivers steroids directly into the epidural space in the lower spine. This helps to deliver pain medication directly near the source of pain.
· Spinal cord stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS), also call neuromodulation, involves use of a battery-powered implanted generator, which emits a mild electric current that interferes with pain signals. The spinal cord stimulator device is often used for painful conditions that do not respond to interventional measures or conventional medications.
· Radio frequency ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure where electric current is used to heat a small region of nerve tissue, which stops the transmission of pain signals. This provides lasting pain relief for people with chronic daily pain of Sciatica.
The required treatments are delivered with exact precision and in a timely fashion, at leading pain management clinics, such as Pain and Spine Clinic in Phoenix, AZ.
To consult one of the best back pain treatment doctors in Phoenix AZ, call Pain and Spine Clinics at 480.565.PAIN (7246). Neck and back pain management doctors in Arizona treat all types of pain using state of the art treatments including nerve blocks, facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulator treatment in Phoenix, Arizona.