Tagged: Sciatica

An Introduction to Sciatica

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Sciatica
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Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Dr. Daniel Batlan is the founding medical director of Specialized Pain Management in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. Dr. Daniel Batlan has more than 20 years of experience in treating different kinds of pain, including sciatica.

Sciatica is by definition a specific variety of pain, which originates in the lumbar spine and radiates along the sciatic nerve down the back of the leg. Such pain arises when this nerve becomes pinched, most often due to a narrowing of the spine, a bone spur, or a herniated disc in the area.

Sciatica typically develops in individuals who are 30 to 50 years of age. It is more common in patients whose lifestyle requires intense lifting or lengthy periods of sitting. Those who have nerve damage from diabetes, as well as those whose excess weight puts more intense pressure on the spine, are at increased risk.

Some patients experience sciatica as a mild and occasional discomfort, while others suffer from severe and debilitating pain. A patient may also experience tingling, numbness, or weakness in the affected limb.

These symptoms typically resolve on their own and require only over-the-counter medication, stretching, and cold or hot packs. Sciatica is readily treatable with cortisone shots such as Epidurals and Nerve Root Blocks. A lack of response to these treatments may indicate the need for stronger medications, though sustained pain over three months or more can mean that surgery is necessary. A qualified pain physician can provide specific recommendations.