Sciatica

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH -  - Pain Management

Pain Treatment Institute

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH

Pain Management located in Plano, TX & Sherman, TX

Pain from sciatica, or pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, can be debilitating — but you don’t have to suffer through it. At Pain Treatment Institute in Plano and Sherman, Texas, board-certified pain management physician Sameer Syed, MD, MPH, treats sciatica using innovative solutions so you can enjoy life to its fullest, pain-free. Call Pain Treatment Institute to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a term that describes pain, tingling, or numbness that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve branches from your lower back down through your hips, buttocks, legs, ankles, and feet.

Symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Sharp pain along the path of your sciatic nerve
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Chronic pain on one side of your leg or buttock
  • Pain when sitting down
  • Tingling, burning, or sharp leg pains
  • Numbness or muscle weakness in your leg or foot
  • Pain radiating down your leg, ankle, or foot
  • A feeling of an electric shock or jolt

Pain from sciatica can feel like a mild ache, sharp shooting pain, a burning sensation, or be excruciatingly painful. Sciatica pain may get worse when you sneeze, cough, or sit for long time periods. Sciatica can also affect just one side of your body.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica can occur when your nerve gets compressed from a ruptured or herniated disc, spinal stenosis, bone spur, or arthritis. Sciatica might go away on its own or progressively become worse over time.

When should I see a doctor?

If sciatica is mild, it might go away over time. But if pain lasts longer than seven days, seek immediate care as your condition may become progressively worse with time. See Dr. Syed at Pain Treatment Institute if sciatica pain is associated with:

  • Trouble controlling your bowels or bladder
  • Sudden, severe pain in your leg and lower back
  • Pain lasting longer than a week
  • An injury, such as a fall or car accident

Dr. Syed reviews your medical history and symptoms and examines you to determine the cause of your pain. During a physical exam, he checks your muscle strength and reflexes.

Dr. Syed may ask you to walk on your toes or heels and complete additional exercises if necessary. Imaging tests, such as CT scans, X-rays, and MRIs, help him make a diagnosis.

Electromyography, or EMG, uses electrodes to measures your body’s response after nerve stimulation.

After Dr. Syed finds the root cause of your pain, he customizes a treatment plan just for you.

What is the treatment for sciatica?

Various treatments at Pain Treatment Institute help relieve sciatica pain. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Syed might suggest:

  • Pain injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Surgery

Dr. Syed often uses fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided injections to achieve lasting pain relief. While he recommends the least invasive options first, he understands the importance of surgery in severe cases to ease pain long term and restore your quality of life.

If you suspect you have sciatica, call Pain Treatment Institute today or book an appointment online today.