Sciatica Specialist

Wisconsin Spine and Pain

Pain Management serving Waukesha, Green Bay, Sheboygan, West Bend, and Greenfield, WI

The sciatic nerve in your lower back can cause severe, shooting leg pain if it is pinched or comes under pressure. If you're experiencing this symptom of sciatica, the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain can help. At their locations in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, the board-certified pain management specialists offer advanced injection therapies and new treatments like ozone discectomy to relieve sciatica pain. Get prompt, effective relief of your sciatica by calling Wisconsin Spine and Pain or booking an appointment online today.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica or sciatic pain occurs because a nerve from your spinal cord (the sciatic nerve) is irritated or under pressure. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels deep inside your buttock and down the back of your leg. There's a sciatic nerve in each leg.

Although sciatica originates in your back, you feel pain along the sciatic nerve in addition to lower back pain; you may feel pain down your leg to your calf or foot. Sciatic pain can be mild or severe and is often worse than lower back pain.

What are the causes of sciatica?

Nerve root compression or irritation in your lumbar (lower) and lumbosacral spine can cause sciatica. This irritation is typically due to a herniated disc or inflammation in the tissues surrounding a damaged disc.

Other common causes of sciatica include:

Lumbar spinal stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a reduction of space in the spinal canal in your lower back.

Degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease results from an age-related breakdown of the discs that act as cushions between your vertebrae.

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another.

Pregnancy and muscle spasms in your back or buttocks can also trigger sciatica.

What treatments are there for sciatica?

Lumbar interlaminar epidural injections and transforaminal injections deliver potent steroids to nerve roots to reduce inflammation and swelling. These injections may be necessary to enable you to participate in the physical therapy you need to address the cause of your sciatica.

Other potential sciatica treatments the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain uses include:

Spinal cord stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation sends low-level electrical signals to your spinal cord or specific nerves via an implantable device. The spinal cord stimulator works by stopping pain signals from reaching your brain. This treatment can help when other approaches are unsuccessful or where surgery is not an option.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) involves transmitting an electrical current produced by radio waves to the nerve tissue in your spine. The heat from the current damages your nerves and decreases pain signals.

Ozone discectomy (ozonucleolysis)

Ozone discectomy involves the injection of an ozone-oxygen mixture into a damaged disc. It's a new method of a herniated disc that’s causing sciatica and is a safe, effective alternative to surgery.

You can get relief from sciatica symptoms with help from the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.