Sciatica Specialist

River City Pain Management

Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in San Antonio, TX

Sciatica strikes millions of people in the United States and is one of the leading causes of low back pain. At River City Pain Management, certified anesthesiologist Arnold DeLeon, MD, helps his patients in the San Antonio area find relief from the debilitating pain that sciatica can cause. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more if you’re suffering from sciatica.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body and starts in your low back and splits off and travels down the backs of both your buttocks and legs. There are five nerve roots that come together to form the sciatic nerve in your low back. When something compromises any of these roots, it can lead to pain, numbness, and tingling that radiates down one side of your lower body. While the pain may stay local, most people experience radiating pain, which is the hallmark of sciatica.

Your symptoms are also dictated by which of the five nerve roots is irritated and sometimes more than one nerve root can be affected.

What causes sciatica?

The most common causes of sciatica are:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc in your lumbar spine
  • Spondylolisthesis, which occurs when a vertebra slips forward
  • Spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of your spinal canal

In addition to these, there are also many conditions that put you more at risk of developing sciatica, such as:

  • Carrying extra weight
  • Age (the older you are, the more prone you are to problems in your low back)
  • Pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Overstressing your back by lifting and twisting

The bottom line is that if you’re experiencing pain in your back and down your leg, you should get into River City Pain Management to see Dr. DeLeon for a thorough diagnosis and treatment.

How is sciatica treated?

When you see Dr. DeLeon, he first sits down with you to review your symptoms. From there, he may order diagnostic imaging so he can get a closer look at what’s happening in your low back. Once he confirms that sciatica is the underlying cause of your trouble, he may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Icing and heat therapies
  • Prescription pain medications or muscle relaxers
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections

Dr. DeLeon often recommends a multipronged approach to quickly relieve your sciatica pain. If he finds that the underlying cause of your sciatic pain warrants further treatment, he works with you to find the best solution in order to prevent sciatica from redeveloping.

To get relief if you have sciatica, call River City Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.