Sciatica

Trevin Thurman, MD -  - Pain Medicine

Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine

Trevin Thurman, MD

Pain Medicine & Orthopaedics located in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA

Sciatica develops because of a trapped nerve, and typically causes pain in your lower back and down one leg. If you have sciatic pain, Harvard-trained, triple board-certified physician Trevin Thurman, MD, at Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine in the Sawtelle region in West Los Angeles has the expertise to relieve your pain and restore mobility. As an expert in pain and sports medicine and physical rehabilitation, Dr. Thurman is ideally qualified to help you recover from sciatica. Call Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine today or book an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition caused by a trapped nerve in your lower back. The sciatic nerve has its roots in the bottom of your spinal cord, exiting in the lower section of the lumbar spine and dividing it into two. One branch of the sciatic nerve then goes down each leg.

If the nerve comes under pressure or gets damaged, it can cause a pain that travels from your lower back down one leg, where the sciatic nerve is. Common causes of sciatic nerve compression include:

  • Bulging and herniated discs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal disc degeneration
  • Pregnancy

Sciatica is more common in younger, physically active people, but can potentially affect anyone.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Patients who have sciatica typically describe their pain as shooting or stabbing. From its starting place in your lower back, sciatic pain goes through your hip and down the leg. Sometimes the pain stops in the upper part of the affected limb, but some patients experience pain the entire length of the sciatic nerve right into their foot.

Other symptoms you might experience include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Buttock pain
  • Problems with muscle control
  • Weakness

Sciatica usually only affects one of your legs. The pain is often worse if you sit down, improving when you stand up. You’re more likely to get sciatica if you’re overweight or you don’t get enough exercise.

Sleeping on poor quality or worn out mattresses can also cause nerve compression that may lead to sciatica. Your risk also increases if you regularly wear high-heeled shoes because the heels force your foot into an unnatural position that affects spinal alignment.

How is sciatica treated?

At Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine, Dr. Thurman begins your sciatica treatment using therapies that aim to reduce pressure on your sciatic nerve. Resolving the nerve compression that’s causing your sciatica should relieve your symptoms. Potential treatments for sciatica include:

  • Regenerative medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Diet modifications

Pain-killing medication can help reduce the pain of sciatica, so you’re able to undergo physical therapy. Most patients find their symptoms improve using conservative treatments, and Dr. Thurman excels at helping patients recover from their sciatica without having to undergo surgery.

If you have symptoms of sciatica, call Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Thurman, or book an appointment online.

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