Sciatic Nerve Specialist

Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain

Board Certified Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists located in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and West Columbia, SC and Asheville and Gastonia, NC

If you experience nerve pain, tingling, and weakness in your leg and calf, it could be due to a compressed sciatic nerve. At the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, the board-certified team of doctors has extensive experience managing painful conditions like sciatica. With six locations in North and South Carolina, it’s easy to find convenient sciatica relief. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.

Sciatic Nerve Q & A

What is the sciatic nerve?

The sciatic nerve starts on each side of your lower spine and runs deep inside your buttocks, through your thigh, and into your foot. It’s the largest single nerve in your body and connects your leg and foot muscles to your spinal cord.

If your sciatic nerve becomes irritated or inflamed, it can lead to tingling, pain, weakness, and numbness — or sciatica. It’s easy to identify sciatica, because symptoms radiate out from your low back into your buttocks and hips, traveling along your sciatic nerve down your legs.

When you have sciatica, your symptoms can be mild or severe. Pain is typically experienced as sharp, burning, or sudden electrical shocks or jolts. It usually occurs on one side of your body and is often exacerbated by sneezing, coughing, and sitting for prolonged periods of time.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica pain occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched. This can happen for several reasons, including as a result of spinal stenosis or arthritis, but the most common cause is a herniated disc.

Additional factors can increase your chances of developing sciatica, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Older age
  • Certain conditions, such as diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle or prolonged sitting

Your risk for sciatica may also increase if you have a job that involves heavy lifting, back twisting, or extended periods of driving.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

The experienced doctors at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain have specialized training in spinal issues that cause sciatica, like herniated discs and spinal stenosis. During your appointment, they perform a physical examination, discuss your symptoms and medical history, and use advanced diagnostic tools such as X-rays and MRIs to assist with your diagnosis.

How is sciatica treated?

Based on your condition and symptoms, your doctor might suggest a variety of treatments, including:

  • Medications: like anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and pain relievers
  • Physical therapy: to improve your posture, strengthen muscles, and flexibility
  • Injections: including steroids or nerve blocks to suppress inflammation and pain

In severe cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to relieve pressure on your pinched nerve.

To find out how the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain can relieve your sciatic nerve pain, call or book an appointment online.