Sciatica tends to affect people aged 30-50 years old, but can strike teens and seniors too. Around 40% of people will get it during their lifetime, and occurrences increase with age. Some women may even experience sciatica-like pain during pregnancy. Ana Maria Platon, MD, specializes in pain management at The Pain Specialist in Stockbridge, Georgia. She uses the latest research and technologies to treat sciatica. Don’t put up with the pain. Make an appointment today by calling the office or booking through the website.
The sciatic nerve starts at the lower spine and runs down the back of each leg. Sciatica occurs when an injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve causes a pain that travels along the nerve path. It often affects one side of your body.
To diagnose sciatica, Dr. Platon conducts a physical examination and asks questions about the pain, your recent activity, and medical history. She may also order a set of imaging tests.
The main symptom of sciatica is a pain that radiates from the lower back, down through the hip and buttocks, and down one leg. Minor symptoms include pain that worsens when you sneeze, cough, or sit, and one leg feeling numb or weak.
These symptoms can appear suddenly and last for days, sometimes weeks. The pain intensity can range from a mild ache to an excruciating electric shock-like pain.
Dr. Platon can recommend treatment plans to help you manage and reduce the symptoms of sciatica.
Some factors make you more at risk of developing sciatica, including:
If you live a sedentary lifestyle or sit down a lot, you’re more likely to develop sciatica.
Excess weight increases stress on your spine, which can cause sciatica to flare up.
Diabetes prevents the body from regulating blood sugar levels. Excess blood sugar increases your risk of nerve damage, which causes sciatica symptoms.
Some age-related spinal conditions, like bone spurs and herniated discs, also cause sciatica.
Dr. Platon assesses your risk of developing sciatica and offers support to catch it in the early stages or help prevent it entirely.
Radiofrequency lesioning (RFL) is a long-term pain management treatment. It uses electrical impulses, or heat, to destroy damaged nerves and tissues, stopping them from emitting pain signals to the brain.
Dr. Platon recommends RFL to patients that haven’t had success with physical therapy and nerve blocks. She performs the treatment with a radiofrequency needle under X-ray, so she can accurately place the needle. Her patient remains awake and in communication with her throughout the procedure.
You don’t have to put up with the symptoms of sciatica when you partner with The Pain Specialist. Make an appointment over the phone or through the website for pain relief solutions.