17 Aug How Epidural Injections Can Help Sciatic Pain
Many people suffer from pain caused by sciatica. Sciatica occurs when something places pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs down the back of both legs. This pressure can cause back, leg, hip and buttock pain. If you’re suffering from sciatica pain, it’s helpful to know what’s causing it and how you can treat it. Read on to learn more about this lower back condition and a new treatment option in epidural injections. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
Causes of Sciatica
The following conditions can cause sciatica:
• Herniated disk
• Spinal stenosis
• Spinal tumors
• Piriformis syndrome
Sciatica Treatment Options
While painful, sciatica is successfully treated without surgery in 90% of cases*. Many sufferers opt for pain medications and ice packs to alleviate the pain, but there is one effective treatment option that can help: epidural injections.
Epidural injections contain steroids to help reduce inflammation, which can cause severe pain. Injections work more effectively and quickly than oral medications because the needle goes directly into the affected area.
The effects of an epidural injection range dramatically. An injection can last anywhere from one week to one year. These injections work well for both acute and chronic pain. For some people, there is minimal pain relief. However, the patient may feel enough relief to start an exercise program that will ultimately help manage the pain.
In fact, gentle exercises can help jumpstart the sciatica recovery process and prevent future pain episodes. Ask your doctor about physical therapy or start with some stretching and strengthening exercises.
Treat Sciatic Pain With Help From Integrated Pain Consultants
Board certified pain management expert Dr. Nikesh Seth and the team at Integrated Pain Consultants offer epidural injections to help manage sciatic pain. Don’t let pain stop you from living your life. Visit his Scottsdale office and get the relief you so desperately need. You’re just a few clicks away from pain relief – call (480) 626-2552 or learn how to book your appointment online.