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What is sciatica?

Sciatica involves symptoms of pain, numbness, and weakness radiating along the sciatic nerve. Pain typically runs from the lower back to the buttocks and legs. 

Why choose Dr. Heidi Seifert for sciatica treatment?

  • Dr. Seifert is a compassionate doctor who uses state-of-the-art technology and the latest techniques.
  • She focuses on whole-body health, as well as chronic and acute pain treatment. Dr. Seifert offers weight loss programs, physical therapy, and functional rejuvenation. 
  • We treat our patients in Houston and Bellaire, Texas, in the same way we would treat members of our own families. 

Who is a candidate for sciatica treatment in Houston and Bellaire, Texas?

Symptoms of sciatica are usually felt along the path of the large sciatic nerve. You may be a candidate for sciatica treatment if you are experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Pain: This is typically felt as a constant burning sensation or shooting pain beginning at the lower back or buttocks and radiating down the front or back of the thighs, legs, or feet, or a combination.
  • Numbness: In some cases, sciatica is accompanied by numbness in the back of the leg. You may also experience weakness, or tingling sensations.
  • Posture-induced symptoms: Sciatica symptoms may worsen while sitting, trying to stand, bending the spine forward, twisting the spine, coughing, or lying down. Symptoms can be relieved by walking or applying heat over the rear pelvic region.
  • Symptoms on one side of the body: Typically, sciatica affects only one leg. It often causes a feeling of heaviness in the affected leg. In rare cases, both legs may be affected simultaneously.

What should I expect with treatment for sciatica?

Dr. Seifert will custom-tailor your sciatica treatment plan to suit your individual needs. Treatments may involve:

  • Spinal cord stimulation: Injury to the spine can cause pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, down the leg. Spinal cord stimulation uses a manually controlled device that delivers electrical pulses to the nerves to disrupt pain messengers and reduce pain. This effective treatment requires only a minimally-invasive procedure. 
  • Epidural steroid injections for sciatic pain relief: The injection delivers steroids directly to the area around the sciatic nerve roots to reduce inflammation that may be causing your symptoms. It may also include a saline solution to flush out inflammatory proteins from the area.
  • Facet joint injections in the lumbar region: A small amount of anesthetic and steroids is slowly injected into the joint between the vertebrae (facet joint) using a very small needle.

Is there any downtime after sciatica treatment in Houston or Bellaire, Texas?

Recovery is usually minimal after sciatica treatment at our practice. What you can expect will depend on the exact procedure performed. Patients can return to work the following day in most cases. Avoid strenuous exercise on the day of your treatment. You might want to take the rest of the day after your procedure to relax and rest. 

FAQ

What causes sciatica?

There are many causes of sciatica, but it always originates at the spine. Common causes include herniated discs, age-related degenerative disc disease, bone fractures, and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal).
Seifert M.D.

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