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Sciatica Specialist

Daniel Loder, MD

Pain Management & Orthobiologic Treatment located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA, & Torrance, CA

Sciatica refers to severe pain that shoots down your leg, causing a challenging problem that often becomes chronic and interferes with your quality of life. The team of Daniel Loder, MD, in Beverly Hills, Torrance, and Manhattan Beach, California, specializes in a range of interventional and regenerative treatments that effectively relieve sciatica. Instead of living with the pain, call the Los Angeles area office nearest you or book an appointment online to learn about your advanced treatment options.

Sciatica

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica refers to a group of symptoms that appear with sciatic nerve compression. You may develop sciatica following an acute injury, but it’s more likely to occur due to conditions such as:

  • Herniated disc
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis

The most common cause, a herniated disc, leads to 90% of all cases of sciatica.

What symptoms develop when I have sciatica?

With a pinched spinal nerve, a condition called radiculopathy, you can develop symptoms that travel the full length of the nerve.

Your sciatic nerves happen to be the largest nerves in your body. Two sciatic nerves leave your lower spine and go down both sides of your body, traveling through your left and right buttocks and both legs.

When you have a compressed sciatic nerve, you experience lower back pain, as well as pain that radiates down one leg. 

Some people have a moderate, aching-type of leg pain. Most people, however, describe their sciatica as a debilitating, electric-shock pain that suddenly shoots down their leg. You may also experience tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in the same leg. 

Can I develop other types of radiculopathy?

All the nerves in your spine are susceptible to compression, but the problem most often affects your lumbar spine or lower back. 

The Daniel Loder, MD, team identifies the specific nerve that’s responsible for your pain, and then they provide treatment that targets the pain in a stepwise approach.

How is sciatica treated?

Your treatment begins with conservative options such as anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, and physical therapy. If your pain doesn’t improve, the Daniel Loder, MD, team offers advanced interventional and regenerative treatments.

Interventional therapies often involve fluoroscopy-guided steroid injections that reduce nerve inflammation and treatments such as neuromodulation that stop pain signals from going through the nerves to your brain.

Regenerative medicine uses your body’s natural healing agents, orthobiologic treatments, to accelerate healing and regenerate the new cells needed to repair damaged tissues.

These are a few examples of interventional treatments used to relieve sciatica:

  • Nerve blocks
  • Lumbar epidural steroid injection
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Orthobiologic treatments

These treatments often successfully diminish your pain and restore your ability to move and stay active. If your pain continues, however, your provider at the office of Daniel Loder, MD, may recommend the next step: a minimally invasive procedure to decompress the nerve or repair a damaged disc.

If you need to find safe and effective relief for sciatica, call Daniel Loder, MD, or book an appointment online.