Sciatica Specialist

ReGenesis Medical Center

Pain Management located in Ann Arbor, MI

Sciatica is a common musculoskeletal problem that affects as many as 40% of the adult population at any given time. If you regularly experience lower back pain or tingling and numbness in your legs and feet, sciatica may be to blame. At ReGenesis Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the caring team of pain management experts regularly diagnoses and treats sciatica using safe, noninvasive means. To request your sciatica appointment, call the team at ReGenesis Medical Center today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a medical term used to describe pain or numbness that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body and runs from your lower back, over your buttocks, down your legs, and into your feet. 

If a herniated disc or bone spur compresses a part of your sciatic nerve, it causes inflammation and pain in your affected leg. Most instances of sciatica resolve on their own using conservative methods of care, but in severe cases, spinal decompression or regenerative medicine may be necessary.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The most common symptom of sciatica is a burning or shooting pain that starts in your lower back or buttocks and spreads into your legs. Other telltale signs of sciatica include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Burning or tingling in one or both legs
  • A constant pain in one leg
  • Difficulty moving your affected leg or foot

As your sciatica gets worse, you might also experience a deep, electric pain that makes it difficult to stand up or stay mobile. 

Who is at risk of getting sciatica?

Sciatica affects people of all races and backgrounds. That said, there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Being obese
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Having diabetes

Your job can also increase your risk of sciatica. For example, if you regularly twist your back, carry heavy loads, or operate a motor vehicle, you’re more likely to develop sciatica. 

How is sciatica diagnosed?

To diagnose sciatica, your ReGenesis Medical Center provider reviews your medical history, asks you about your symptoms, and performs a physical exam. During your physical, your provider checks your muscle strength and reflexes. They also ask you to do a series of easy exercises. Usually, these insights are enough to diagnose your condition. 

How is sciatica treated?

At ReGenesis Medical Center, the caring pain management experts use safe, minimally invasive treatments to ease pain and discomfort caused by sciatica. 

Depending on your symptoms, they might recommend spinal decompression, a nonsurgical treatment that gently stretches your spine, or regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is a cutting-edge treatment that’s thought to ease inflammation and promote healthy circulation.

If sciatica is negatively affecting your quality of life, make an appointment at ReGenesis Medical Center today by calling the office.