Sciatica can affect your body in a number of ways. It can cause pain in your lower back, across your hips and buttocks, and down your leg. If you have experienced ongoing pain in any of these areas, call or book your appointment online with Myofascial Pain Specialists. They serve the Massapequa, New York, area and can offer you effective treatment for your sciatica pain.
Your body has a sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back down the back of each of your legs. Issues in your spine — like spinal bone spurs, herniated discs, or spinal narrowing — can compress that nerve and cause you pain in any of the regions through which it runs. It can also cause inflammation and numbness in your legs.
Usually, sciatica only affects one side of your body. It’s marked by pain that feels like it radiates from your lower back down your buttock. That pain may radiate through your hamstring or even all the way down to your calf. The severity of the pain caused by your sciatica can vary from a dull ache to sharp, stabbing pain. Sitting can make your pain worse.
Any person can be affected by sciatica. The condition occurs whenever the sciatic nerve gets pinched, which can be caused by spinal issues, bone growths, a tumor pressing on the nerve, or nerve damage. As you age, your risk of developing sciatica increases. Obesity, jobs that require heavy lifting or extended sitting, and diabetes can also increase your risk.
The health experts at Myofascial Pain Specialists use a multifaceted approach to sciatica pain management. To start, your provider will work with you on a nutrition plan. What you eat can help or hurt you. Foods can cause inflammation in your body or give it the tools it needs to heal. By making nutritional recommendations, the team at Myofascial Pain Specialists can help you accelerate your healing process. They also often recommend pain gels to give you more immediate relief.
If you’ve done any research about sciatica, you have probably seen that corticosteroids can be used to treat sciatic pain. These steroid injections, though, can come with a wide range of side effects, such as bone decay, tissue damage, and nerve damage.
As an alternative, Myofascial Pain Specialists offers Sarapin and Toradol injections. Toradol injections deliver a highly effective but non-addictive painkiller directly to your pain site. Sarapin is a naturally derived alternative to steroid injections. It blocks pain signals in the nerves surrounding the injection site.
If you are living with pain from sciatica, call Myofascial Pain Specialists or book your appointment online to get the relief you need.