Sciatica Specialist

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Interventional Pain Center

Interventional Pain Specialists located in Charlotte, NC

The pain in your lower back or legs might be sciatica, a nerve condition that’s treatable with advanced pain-relief therapies. At Interventional Pain Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, the team specializes in injections, infusions, and radiofrequency therapies to help you feel like yourself again. As a division of Providence Anesthesiology Associates, you can rely on the team to create a treatment plan that’s right for you. If you’re ready for expert care for your sciatica, call today or schedule a consultation online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

A pinched or compressed sciatic nerve causes sciatica. Sciatic pain usually starts in your lower back and travels down your leg. This is the path of your sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body.

Sciatica typically affects only one side of your body. The condition is most commonly triggered when bone spurs, a herniated disk, or narrowing of your spine press down on the sciatic nerve.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The most common sign is pain radiating from your lower back down the pathway of the sciatic nerve. The pain can feel a variety of ways, including:

  • A mild ache
  • Jolt or electric shock
  • Sharp, burning sensation
  • Excruciating pain

You might also experience muscle weakness, tingling, or numbness.

What puts you at risk for sciatica?

A variety of factors can increase your chances of getting sciatica. These risk factors are:

  • Aging
  • Being overweight
  • Performing work that requires twisting, carrying heavy loads, or driving for long periods of time
  • A lifestyle that includes a lot of sitting
  • Having diabetes

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Your practitioner at Interventional Pain Center begins with a physical exam, which may include checking your reflexes and muscle strength. You may be asked to perform a series of actions, such as walking on your toes or heels, or rising from a squatting position, because sciatica is usually worse during these actions.

Depending on your condition, your practitioner may recommend imaging tests to look for causes of sciatica, such as bone spurs or herniated disks.

How is sciatica treated?

At Interventional Pain Center, your provider creates a comprehensive treatment plan based on your diagnosis. Your options may include medications, physical therapy, and advanced pain-relief treatments.

Ketamine injections offer an alternative to opioid-based medications and may help ease your sciatica pain. In other cases, your practitioner may suggest a corticosteroid injection near your nerve root. This type of injection suppresses inflammation around the irritated nerve to ease your symptoms.

With these treatments, your provider’s goal is to keep you off the operating table. The team at  Interventional Pain Center also can help you if you’ve had surgery, but are still in pain. To find out how, call or schedule a consultation online today at Interventional Pain Center.