Summit Pain Alliance
Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Rosa, CA & Petaluma, CA
If you experience a sudden, shooting, sharp pain that travels down the back of your leg and seems to come out of nowhere, you likely have sciatica. Since sciatica can become life-altering and limit your ability to perform daily tasks, Summit Pain Alliance in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, California, provides comprehensive treatment solutions. Find out how the team of top-rated physicians can help you by booking an exam through the website or over the phone with either location today.
Sciatica Q & A
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is the name for the condition that leads to radiating pain from your sciatic nerve. This very long nerve branches out from your lumbar (lower back) area and extends through your buttocks and all the way down into the back of your feet.
In most cases, sciatica leads to agonizing pain — generally in the back of one leg — that seems to come out of nowhere. Your case of sciatica might be linked to:
- Older age
- Bone spurs
- Sedentary lifestyle
Sciatica also tends to strike anyone who works in a field where heavy lifting is required. If you regularly have to bend and twist your back, especially while carrying heavy loads, your risk of sciatica flare-ups may increase.
When should I see a doctor for sciatica?
Summit Pain Alliance proudly offers comprehensive diagnostic testing to confirm that you have sciatica and to rule out related conditions. The team of skilled pain medicine specialists encourages you to book an exam if you have:
- Loss of coordination
- Weakness or numbness in a leg
- Pain that begins after an accident
- Difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels
- Excruciating leg pain that causes burning or tingling
Untreated sciatica can lead to permanent nerve damage and chronic loss of sensation in your leg. Before your sciatica gets to this point, see how the team at Summit Pain Alliance can help.
How does a doctor treat sciatica?
Your sciatica treatment plan from Summit Pain Alliance is likely going to include a combination of therapies to help you find relief from pain, as well as prevent symptoms. Common sciatica treatments include:
- Personalized stretching exercises
- Hot or cold compression
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Nerve blocks
Summit Pain Alliance is known for designing treatment plans that typically don’t involve medications, which can lead to serious side effects. Instead, the team focuses on sciatica treatments that are designed to relieve inflammation as naturally and efficiently as possible.
Summit Pain Alliance can help you resolve the most agonizing of sciatica pain. Get started on your treatment by booking an exam through the website or over the phone with either office today.
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