Up to 40% of Americans experience sciatica at some point during their lives. If you have sciatica symptoms, contact Peak Gastroenterology Associates in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Fort Collins, and Denver, Colorado. Stephen M. Ford, MD, is a pain management expert who diagnoses sciatica and provides customized treatment plans that incorporate state-of-the-art pain management therapies as well as lifestyle adjustments and counseling services to optimize your overall wellness. Call Peak Gastroenterology Associates or make an appointment online today for expert sciatica care.
While many people associate sciatica with low back pain, the term also includes other symptoms caused by sciatic nerve compression. For example, in addition to pain in your lower back, you might also have:
Sciatica symptoms range in severity and can affect one or both sides of your body, and it contributes to balance problems. In addition to having pain that limits your mobility, it can also increase your risk of falling.
Sciatica develops when your sciatic nerve is compressed. Your sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and splits to extend down both sides of your buttocks and legs, ending near your ankles. While compression can develop anywhere along your nerve, the most prevalent cause of sciatica is a herniated disc in your lumbar spine.
Your risk of sciatica increases if you’re:
Mild cases of sciatica usually go away on their own with a couple of days of rest. If this isn’t the case for you, make an appointment with Dr. Ford at Peak Gastroenterology Associates for help. Additionally, if you develop sciatica after an automobile or sports accident or if your symptoms emerge suddenly and severely, you should contact Peak Gastroenterology Associates right away.
At Peak Gastroenterology Associates, Dr. Ford takes a biopsychosocial approach to manage sciatica. This means he considers all aspects of your health, wellness, and lifestyle while assessing your condition and creating a customized treatment plan to address your needs.
In addition to evaluating your physical health, Dr. Ford uses the patient health questionnaire (PHQ) 9 to assess your mental health for signs of depression and anxiety — which are common side effects of chronic pain like sciatica. Dr. Ford aims to be your partner in long-term wellness, helping you throughout your entire recovery experience.
Your sciatica treatment plan may include a variety of therapies to alleviate your sciatica symptoms and enhance your overall health, including:
Dr. Ford might also suggest epidural steroid injections to reduce inflammation in your lumbar spine. Many patients also benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps you develop coping strategies for the emotional and mental effects of living with chronic pain.
If you’re living with sciatica pain, call Peak Gastroenterology Associates or make an appointment online today for expert, customized care.