Sciatica Specialist

Premier Pain Consultants

Pain Management Practice located in Fullerton, CA & Irvine, CA

Radiating pain from your lower back down the backs of your legs, sciatica makes it difficult to walk, go to the bathroom properly, and participate in your normal activities. At Premier Pain Consultants in Fullerton, California, Joseph Ho, MD, and Weiwah Rob Kwok, MD, treat sciatica using cutting-edge technologies and medicines. To get back on your feet without the shooting pain or numbness of sciatica, call or schedule a consultation online at Premier Pain Consultants.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is pain that occurs along the path of your sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that branches out from your lower back and down through your legs. Sometimes, the pain from sciatica isn’t severe and goes away within a week. In other cases, sciatica is a long-term condition that can burden your day-to-day life with debilitating pain.

Sciatica is caused by pressure on part or origin of your sciatic nerve. Herniated discs, bone spurs, or other conditions in your back can put pressure on your sciatic nerve, causing you to feel the pain and other symptoms of sciatica.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica pain is characterized by a shooting pain from your lower back down your buttocks and the backs of your legs. Your pain may be mild, sharp, or burning. Along with pain, you may feel numbness, tingling or weakness in the areas.

The sensations you feel from sciatica may be irregular, too: You might feel pain in one part of your leg and tingling in another part at the same time.

When should I see a doctor for sciatica?

Some sciatica goes away over time, but other cases need medical attention. You should visit Premier Pain Consultants for help managing your sciatica if:

  • Your pain is not improving with time
  • Your pain is moderate or severe
  • Your pain appears after an injury
  • You can’t feel your legs
  • You lose control of your bladder
  • You lose control of your bowels

If your pain continues to bother you after a week or gets worse over time, Dr. Ho or Dr. Kwok can help you manage it so you can live comfortably.

How is sciatica treated?

There are many treatments available at Premier Pain Consultants for sciatica pain. Dr. Ho or Dr. Kwok works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan for your pain depending on the severity and type of pain that you feel. Treatments include:

  • Epidural injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation

These treatments, along with physical therapy and medications, can help you manage your pain. Your doctor at Premier Pain Consultants can give you additional tips for managing your pain at home and tell you how you can prevent future sciatica flare-ups.

The pain of sciatica can be a major nuisance. For help managing the pain and discomfort of sciatica, call or schedule an appointment online at Premier Pain Consultants.

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