Sciatica is a symptom consisting of pain in the leg and/or foot. It often is described as a sharp shooting pain that makes it difficult to sit or stand for long periods of time. Sometimes it is described as a severe cramp in the leg. Sciatica can be associated with numbness/tingling or weakness in the leg/foot.

A “pinched nerve” in the lower part of the spine may cause these symptoms. Common causes of sciatica included lumbar herniated discs, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar spondylolisthesis, and lumbar radiculitis (inflammation around the nerves).

Management of low back pain depends on the etiology of the pain. Our doctors will work with you to first diagnose the source of the pain and then form a comprehensive treatment plan addressing all aspects of your low back pain. Possible treatments range from non-invasive therapy such as physical therapy and medication to minimally invasive options such as epidural steroid injections. These epidural steroid injections provide significant reduction in inflammation and pain. They also help localize and confirm the source of the pain, providing diagnostic information and allowing the creation of a more well-defined and accurate long-term plan of treatment. If a patient has failed conservative, non-surgical options, it is reasonable to consider surgical intervention. We take great care to individualize your treatment so that you are given the tools necessary to get the relief you are looking for.

At Willis Knighton Spine & Pain Specialists, our goal is to reduce your sciatica and improve your function so that you experience an increase in your quality of life. Call our office to schedule an appointment in either our Bossier City or Shreveport locations.

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