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Sciatica Specialist

Centennial Medical Group -  - Interventional Pain Management

Centennial Medical Group

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Las Vegas, NV

An estimated 40% of adults in the United States will experience sciatica pain and related symptoms in their lifetime. To help manage your pain and prevent additional complications sciatica can cause, Centennial Medical Group offers customized treatment plans at their offices on Flamingo Road and Decatur Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pain management specialists can provide medications, steroid injections, and other strategies to keep you pain-free and physically active. Call the office of Centennial Medical Group nearest you today to schedule an evaluation or book an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica describes pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that travels from your lower back, down into your hips, and into your legs.

This type of pain most commonly develops from compression on the sciatic nerve from a bone spur, herniated disc, or because of spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine).

Risk factors for sciatica include:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Weight challenges
  • Prolonged sitting

If you work at a manual labor job or participate in sports that require you to twist your back or move in certain ways, you may also be at increased risk for sciatica complications.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Persistent inflammation and pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause pain in areas where the sciatic nerve sits.

This pain can feel like an electric shock with certain spine movements and may feel better when you’re resting. Typically, you feel pain on only one side of your body. Over time, this pain can worsen and make it difficult for you to stay physically active.

In some cases, you may also experience numbness and weakness in your hips, buttocks, and legs. In the most serious situations, compression of your sciatic nerve can lead to changes in your bowel and bladder habits.

How is sciatica treated?

The team at Centennial Medical Group offers comprehensive diagnostic testing services on-site to ensure your pain is the result of sciatica and not another condition.

They perform a physical exam of your lower (lumbar) spine and may request an X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or other imaging test to evaluate your sciatic nerve. Based on the results of your tests, the team may suggest treatments like:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation

If you have severe pain or bowel and bladder issues, you may be a candidate for surgery to remove a bone spur or a herniated disc that presses on your sciatic nerve. 

The team may also recommend lifestyle changes and exercises to help strengthen the muscles that support your spine to prevent a recurrence of sciatica symptoms.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for sciatica symptoms, call the Centennial Medical Group office nearest you today or book an appointment online.