Any irritation of the nerve roots as they exit the spne can create numbness, tingling, or a sharp pain commonly referred to as sciatica. At The Center for Regenerative Medicine and Pain Management, our experts are trained to diagnose and treat this painful, debilitating condition with therapies ranging from medications to epidural injections to decrease the immflammation responsible for this pain. 

Symptoms of Sciatica

Many people experiencing sciatica obtain relief from their pain with non-surgical treatment and usually improve in a few weeks to a couple of months. However, for others, sciatica can be severe and debilitating. A detailed MRI of the spine is the best test to provide a look at the affected area. A leg EMG does not detect herniated discs and is non-specific, but can indicate affected muscle groups. Symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Weakness in the knees
  • Aggravated by prolonged sitting
  • Made worse when coughing or sneezing
  • Usually only affects one side of your body
  • Sharp, burning sensation, excruciating pain, or mild ache
  • Pain radiating from your lower spine, down the back of your leg

While mild sciatica usually dissipates over time, please contact our office if your pain is lasts a week or longer, is severe, becomes progressively worse, or if self-care measures fail to ease your symptoms.

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