Sciatica

Ajit Pai, M.D. -  - Interventional Spine & Pain Specialist

Pain Management Group, LLC

Ajit Pai, M.D.

Interventional Spine & Pain Specialist located in Mishawaka, IN

If you’ve ever suddenly felt a sharp, shooting pain that comes on so quickly, it nearly knocks you over, you probably have sciatica. As a board-certified pain management specialist, Ajit Pai, MD, FIPP, and the team at Pain Management Group, LLC can help. They offer comprehensive sciatica solutions in their modern Mishawaka, Indiana, clinic. Book your sciatica evaluation online or call the clinic directly.

Sciatica Q & A

What causes sciatica?

Of all the nerves that run throughout your body, your sciatic nerve is the largest. Beginning in your lower back, your sciatic nerve branches through your hips, buttocks, and down the back of each leg. Sciatica is the condition that occurs when this nerve gets compressed, pinched, or damaged.

Common causes and risk factors of sciatica include:

  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Herniated or bulged disc
  • Bone spur on your vertebrae
  • Tumors or cysts
  • Prolonged sitting or standing for work

If you have diabetes, the frequent surges in your blood sugar can damage your nerves and also increase your risk of sciatica.

Are there symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica is known for causing severe pain that radiates throughout your lower back (lumbar), all the way down to your legs. In some cases, you can even experience shooting or stabbing pains all the way down your leg, into your foot — sciatica usually only affects one side of your body.

The pain you experience with sciatica can be:

  • Electrical or burning
  • Worse with prolonged sitting
  • Intensified with coughing, laughing or sneezing

It’s also common for sciatica to cause tingling or muscle weakness in your leg or foot. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Pai at Pain Management Group, LLC to get started on a pain-relieving treatment.

How is sciatica treated?

Dr. Pai and the pain specialists at Pain Management Group, LLC offer several innovative solutions for treating and relieving sciatica pain. One of the most effective and beneficial sciatica treatments is transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TESI). This procedure — performed right in the office — involves thoroughly numbing the targeted area in your lower back.

Next, Dr. Pai gently injects a specialized steroid solution into the epidural space surrounding your spinal nerves. TESI treatments can relieve sciatica pain and discomfort by up to 50% — sometimes more — since medications are delivered directly to the affected root. Depending on your specific needs and pain level, you may also benefit from:

  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription medications
  • Specialized stretches

If left untreated, not only can sciatica continue to cause agonizing pain, it can also lead to difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder. Dr. Pai spends time finding just the right treatment for you, so your condition doesn’t further progress.

Get effective sciatica relief at Pain Management Group, LLC by scheduling an exam. You can either click on the online scheduling feature or call the office directly.