From Dr. Craig Peterson – MVA & Sciatica

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Do I have sciatica? Sciatica is a pain condition that can occur after a car accident or other type of injury. All of our physicians and providers at Arizona Pain Treatment Centers (AZPTC) treat sciatica on a daily basis. AZPTC is constantly working with patients to better manage this pain without the need for surgery. Patients here may have any combination of rehab therapy, medication, chiropractic adjustments or injection therapy to help eliminate the pain permanently. We educate patients about the fact that sciatica itself is not a disorder, but the symptom of an underlying injury that needs proper diagnostics and treatment.

Sciatica can be incredibly painful and needs specialized care to treat. This is because sciatica itself is not the root problem, but a symptom of the nerve root being pinched or irritated. However, not all sciatica is created equal. True sciatica occurs when a herniated or bulging disc in the low back compresses nearby nerves, triggering a radiating or numbing sensation along the length of the nerve. But the sciatic nerve can be pinched or irritated in other areas as well (for example: the piriformis muscle deep in the glute musculature). In addition, sciatica may be mimicked by other conditions stemming from the low back in the facet joints or SI joints. No matter where the pain originates, as long as the nerve irritation persists, patients will continue to experience pain.

Examination and imaging (x-ray/MRI) is imperative in order to verify that we are treating the correct problem. The most effective solution is to treat the problem at the source. While this may be joint injections, chiropractic adjustments or muscle therapy/stabilization, the recommended treatment is designed to treat the source of the pain. By decreasing inflammation, restoring correct alignment and strengthening the spine, we alleviate the nerve compression and irritation that is triggering a patient’s pain.

Sciatica is common for patients after a car accident injury as well as other sports injuries or personal injuries that result in an irritated sciatic nerve. Sciatica is not a permanent condition if treated correctly in a timely manner. Our goal is to treat the underlying problem and enhance the quality of life of all our patients.