If you are suffering with sciatica, and are looking for an expert spine doctor, then you will definitely want to visit us at our orthopedic practice, Dallas Spine Care. Our Dallas sciatica doctor, Dr. Robert J. Henderson, will be able to assess your individual situation and let you know which the best treatment option for you is.
A patient is said to suffer from sciatica when they have pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling that radiates along the sciatic nerve. This nerve travels from the buttocks through the back of the thigh and down the leg; pain may even reach your ankle or foot. The sciatic nerve is in fact the longest single nerve in the body; it is the nerve that enables movement and feeling in the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, foot, and toes. When this nerve is compressed, the patient will feel pain or other neurological symptoms that radiate down the leg. Some back problems can compress the sciatic nerves and end up causing this pain and discomfort. Problems that can contribute to sciatica problems are herniated discs, degenerative discs, spinal tumor, or infection, as well as many other causes. Pain from sciatica generally occurs in one side of the body. When you come to see our Dallas sciatica doctor due to sciatica problems, our doctor will need to do a thorough assessment to accurately diagnose the exact reason for your pain. Based on the results of his findings, a treatment plan will be recommended for you. At our practice we will always recommend nonsurgical, more conservative treatments, before surgery is recommended. Sciatica pain can either be mild, or extremely tense so as to make it difficult for the patient to even stand up. Nonsurgical treatments can include heat and cold therapy, use of pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory missions, epidural steroid injections, and physical therapy. If the symptoms are getting progressively worse, and the pain is extremely severe, surgery may be recommended.
For an appointment to see our Dallas sciatica doctor, contact us today.