Sciatica pain can stop you in your tracks — it often seems to come out of nowhere. Pain management specialist Khalique Rehman, MD, at My Pain Clinic is an expert in alleviating the painful symptoms of sciatica. Consult him at one of two convenient locations in Stockbridge and Norcross, Georgia. Call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.
Your sciatic nerves run from your buttock all the way down the back of your leg. When it gets compressed, you’ll probably be in pain. Sciatica usually causes sharp shooting pains that run down the back of one of your legs. Pain can even go as far down as your heel. Sometimes, sciatica leaves you with weakness, tingling, or numbness in the affected leg. For most, sciatica gets worse when you stand or walk for an extended period.
Dr. Rehman talks with you about your symptoms and has you go through a series of movements to see what triggers your pain. Usually, he can tell right away if you have sciatica issues.
To further help with the diagnosis, he might want you to have an X-ray, which can help him see if your sciatica is caused by a bone spur, compressed disc, or other bone abnormality. This way, he can put together a treatment plan that heals all of the issues you’re having.
Diagnosis in hand, Dr. Rehman analyze the root of the problem for each patient and creates a treatment plan that actually eliminates the pain causing the problem.
As an interventional pain management specialist, Dr. Rehman prescribes different kinds of injections and procedures to manage pain as well as recommendations for physical therapy and exercises that can help strengthen muscles and prevent recurrent injuries and problems. Exercises help strengthen your back, improve your flexibility, and correct your posture.
In rare cases, a patient may require surgery to improve the size or position of the disk or vertebra hurting the nerve. For others, pain-relieving drugs, muscle relaxants, and anti-seizure medicines are administered to manage pain.
To learn more about how pain management can help alleviate the pain of sciatica, call My Pain Clinic or book an appointment online.