Sciatica

Sciatica, a type of leg pain, is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve in your lower back. The pressure could have several causes, but it is often due to a damaged disk or bone in the spine. 
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If a damaged disk bulges, flattens and presses out of place between your vertebrae, the disk can press on nearby nerves. A flattened disk may also cause two vertebrae to press together, which can pinch or put pressure on the nerve, or a bone spur may grow as an extension of a vertebral bone, which can similarly put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Other causes include spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) or spasms in a muscle (the piriformis muscle in the buttocks) that the sciatic nerve passes through. Sciatica usually causes pain and muscle spasms that extend down the leg. Burning, tingling, or numbness can also occur.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview physicians provide the most up-to-date, effective treatments for sciatica. The care team at our Orthopedic Clinic is dedicated to delivering excellent care, innovative research, and meaningful educational programs for all of our patients.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a frequently used procedure by orthopedic surgeons to examine, diagnose, and treat disorders inside a joint. Arthroscopic surgery is an option for a number of medical conditions, including: achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bone fracture, heel spur, herniated disc, and more.
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Casting, Bracing, and Splinting

Injuries to bones often require immobilization through a cast, brace, or splint. Other reasons include genetic disorders, such as scoliosis, as well as surgeriews where an intervention is required in order for the affected area to heal properly.
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Neuromuscular Ultrasound

Neuromuscular ultrasound is an imaging test which is complementary to the electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) and allows your physician to directly visualize your nerves and muscles.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Medical Management
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy

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