Premier Pain Institute

Sham Vengurlekar, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Phoenix, AZ

At least 40% of men and women will experience the intense pain and discomfort of sciatica at some point in their lives. But Sham Vengurlekar, MD, can provide relief. With nearly 40 years of pain management experience and training, Dr. Vengurlekar provides the Phoenix community with the most advanced treatments available at Premier Pain Institute. Don’t let sciatica symptoms slow you down, call Premier Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica isn’t a disease; it’s a term used to describe the symptoms that arise when your sciatic nerve becomes inflamed.

You have a sciatic nerve on both sides of your body that starts on each side of your lower spine, deep inside each buttock, and travels down your leg before it finally ends in your foot. These nerves are the largest nerves in your body and connect your spinal cord to your foot and leg muscles.

If your sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, it causes tingling, numbness, and pain. Dr. Vengurlekar can usually diagnose this condition easily because sciatica symptoms radiate along the path of your sciatic nerve. So, they usually start in your lower back and move into your buttock, hip, and leg.

When you have sciatica, it only occurs on one side of your body because it only affects one sciatic nerve. Your symptoms can be mild to severe, and pain is often sharp, burning, or feel like electrical jolts. In most cases, small actions like sneezing or coughing can make your symptoms worse, along with sitting for extended periods of time.

What causes sciatica symptoms?

You can have an inflamed sciatic nerve for several reasons, including bone spurs on your vertebrae or herniated discs in your spine. Both of these conditions lead to pressure on your sciatic nerve.

While anyone can develop sciatica, several factors can increase your chances, including:

  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Spinal stress due to obesity
  • Nerve damage from health issues like diabetes

Some occupations can also increase your risks of having sciatica, especially if they include long periods of driving, heavy lifting, or back twisting. Each of these activities can aggravate your sciatic nerve and cause sciatica symptoms.

How is sciatica treated?

After Dr. Vengurlekar identifies the cause of your sciatic nerve inflammation, he creates a personalized approach to relieve your symptoms. These treatments might include:

  • Hot and cold compress therapy
  • Lifestyle changes, like improving your body mechanics and posture
  • Weight management strategies, like diet and exercise
  • Trigger point injections or nerve blocks

For sciatica symptoms caused by a herniated disc, Dr. Vengurlekar might also recommend coblation nucleoplasty as an alternative to more invasive surgery. This new, minimally invasive technique uses collation technology to gently dissolve any disc material causing sciatica symptoms.

To learn more about sciatica treatments, call Premier Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online.

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