The pain of sciatica can be debilitating. At Dallas Spine Care, we have a reputation for helping patients for whom previous treatments have not worked is well known and unparalleled. At Dallas Spine Care, Dr. Robert Henderson is a certified spine surgeon who specializes in helping patients with histories of failed or ineffective surgeries to correct debilitating back pain. He has been in practice for over 20 years and offers both non-invasive, such as physical therapy, and minimally invasive strategies to address his patients’ needs. He follows his patients for a minimum of three years after any significant surgery to oversee their complete healing process. Our Dallas sciatica doctor works with our patients to resolve a number of back conditions such as herniated discs, severe back and leg pain, and conditions that have received prior treatment without improvement or resolution.
Sciatica, also called lumbar radiculopathy, is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. The pain from sciatica can range from a constant, dull pain to an excruciating and debilitating condition. Most of sciatica symptoms result from lower back disorders between the L4 (fourth lumbar vertebra) and S1 (first sacral) levels that put pressure on or cause irritation to a lumbar nerve root. Depending on where the sciatic nerve roots are compressed, symptoms may be felt in different areas of the leg and into the foot. Most commonly, sciatica is caused by a disc problem, such as a herniated disc that is pressing against a nerve root. It can also occur when a disc degenerates, which releases inflammatory proteins that irritate the adjacent nerve. There are also times when hypertonic hip muscles, most often the lateral hip rotator piriformis muscle, compress the sciatic nerve resulting in sciatica pain. Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body. They may include a combination of leg and foot pain, weakness, tingling or numbness. For the best treatment by the Dallas sciatica doctor, call Dallas Spine Care.
Our Dallas sciatica doctor will take a complete medical history and physical exam as the first steps in evaluating sciatica and determining the underlying cause. Dr. Henderson will review the symptoms and check for pain, weakness, sensory loss, and try to pinpoint the affected nerves. Further diagnostic testing may be recommended. It is important to identify and manage the underlying cause of the sciatica. Conservative therapies may provide improvement for many individuals with sciatica. Non- surgical treatments may include heat and cold therapy, pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, epidural steroid injections, and specific physical therapy exercises that decompress the pinched nerves or discs. There’s no need to suffer from sciatica any longer. Call for an appointment today.