Ways To Treat Sciatica

Ways To Treat Sciatica

Sciatica is a common form of back pain. What sets it apart from other back problems is the involvement of the sciatic nerves.

You have two sciatic nerves — one on each side of your lower body. Each begins in your lower spine then travels through each buttock, down each leg, and into the heels and soles of your feet. This lengthy path from your lower back to your feet makes the sciatic nerves the longest nerves in your body.

When you have sciatica, one of the sciatic nerves becomes inflamed, irritated, or compressed in the lower back. This triggers the hallmark sciatica symptoms that radiate along the affected nerve, such as:

In some cases, sciatica can interfere with sleep and daily life, but there are ways to find relief. Our compassionate team of experts at Valley Pain Centers offers sciatica treatments that can relieve pain, improve mobility, and restore quality of life.

Here are a few treatment options that the physicians at Valley Pain Centers may suggest to treat and relieve your sciatica:

1. Medication, rest, and physical therapy

For mild sciatica symptoms, we often recommend conservative approaches, such as medication, rest, stretching, or physical therapy. 

These methods can help reduce pain and inflammation while also helping prevent future problems by correcting postural issues, improving flexibility, and increasing strength in the muscles supporting your back. 

2. Injection therapy

When sciatica symptoms require a more proactive treatment, we often turn to injection therapy.

We offer several injections at Valley Pain Centers, including:

While these injections differ, they each involve delivering specific types of medication directly into the area triggering sciatica symptoms. This targeted approach relieves irritation, inflammation, and pain where you need it most — the source.

3. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

If you have chronic symptoms that don’t respond to more conservative treatments, we could suggest radiofrequency ablation. Like injection therapy, RFA also targets the source of your nerve pain. However, it doesn’t rely on medications. Instead, it disables the nerve tissue with radio waves.

During RFA, we insert a thin needle into your lower back near the targeted nerve tissue. Once in place, we ablate it, which means we expose it to heat to disable it. This process stops the targeted nerve tissue from sending pain signals to the brain, thus relieving your sciatica symptoms.

4. Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA)

Manipulation under anesthesia involves stretching the body while the individual is under conscious sedation. The addition of anesthesia enables our trained and qualified physicians to move your body through specific and controlled passive stretches while you remain comfortable.

This approach allows for stretches that wouldn't be possible without sedation. The more intense stretches can allow for deeper relief. And, before you awake, we inject you with anti-inflammatory medication to reduce your discomfort while you recover.

At Valley Pain Centers, with two convenient Arizona locations in Phoenix and Peoria, you are never a number. Your consultation, examination, and treatment are always administered by a highly qualified physician. When it comes to sciatica, we have several experienced physicians who can help you, including Patricia Henthorn, DC, DAAMUAP, and Norvan Vartevan, DO. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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