Sciatica

Chad Stephens, DO -  - Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician

Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine

Chad Stephens, DO

Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician located in Southlake, TX & Fort Worth, TX

Sciatica is sometimes called a "pinched nerve," but in actuality, a variety of conditions can cause it, such as spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease. At Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine, Chad Stephens, DO, and his staff offer effective treatment options that will help you get back on track and living life to the fullest. The facilities are located in Southlake and Fort Worth, Texas, and offer their services to many nearby communities. Call the office today.

Sciatica Q & A

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica is often recognized by pain that begins in or near the hip area and radiates upward into the back or lowers into the legs. As the pain increases in intensity, you may start to feel numbness and tingling that increases after periods of inactivity.

Damage to the nerve can create varying degrees of pain alternated by the feeling that the area has “fallen asleep.” When you begin to move, and blood flow is re-established, the rush of blood back to the area can lead to intense pain and discomfort. If left untreated, the intensity of the pain can become increasingly more severe.

What methods are best suited to treat sciatica pain?

Treatment options for sciatica pain can take many forms. Sacroiliac joint injections, sympathetic nerve blocks, and epidural steroid injections are effective ways of managing the pain that is often associated with sciatica. In addition, Dr. Stephens makes sure you’re properly educated on how to gradually make the proper changes to your lifestyle to reduce or eliminate the debilitating symptoms of sciatica.

Physical therapy and low-impact forms of exercise are also beneficial and encourage blood flow to the affected areas. Remaining as active as possible will reduce inflammation and ensure that blood continues to circulate freely through the area, providing the nerves and soft tissues with the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal.

Can sciatica be prevented?

Sciatica is often recognized by pain that begins in or near the hip area and radiates upward into the back or lowers into the legs. As the pain increases in intensity, you may start to feel numbness and tingling that increases after periods of inactivity.

Damage to the nerve can create varying degrees of pain alternated by the feeling that the area has “fallen asleep.” When you begin to move, and blood flow is re-established, the rush of blood back to the area can lead to intense pain and discomfort. If left untreated, the intensity of the pain can become increasingly more severe.

If you believe you’re suffering from sciatica, and want to find ways to manage your pain, call Dr. Stephens at Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine today.