Sciatica may be defined as a sudden pain that radiates from the buttocks and lower back area down the back of your leg. The sciatic nerve experiences pressure and can become compressed. It may fee like tingling, 'pins and needles', pain, and/or weakness. This condition may also be called"lumbar radiculopathy". This pressure may be a symptom of a herniated disk, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, a tumor, infection, spondylolisthesis, or trauma. You may experience difficulty with daily activities such as walking, sitting and/or standing.
Sciatica Treatment Options
Many patients with lumbar radiculopathy may do well with conservative treatments such as physical therapy or non-surgical injections. However, there are situations where a surgical procedure may be recommended including conditions such as spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, severe trauma, and/or neurologic dysfunction including severe leg weakness. In these situations, a discectomy or microdiscectomy or a laminectomy or laminotomy may be recommended to best treat your condition.
Minnesota Sciatica Surgery
Contact Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720 to schedule a complete evaluation of your neck and/or back pain. Our Minnesota spine surgeons will provide a tailored treatment plan for your specific condition.