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Sciatica Specialist

Pain Relief of Dayton

Rick Buenaventura, MD

Pain Management located in Centerville, OH

It’s hard to ignore sciatica symptoms when you have searing pain radiating from your back into your buttocks or leg. At Pain Relief of Dayton in Centerville, Ohio, Rick Buenaventura, MD, offers the latest non-narcotic interventional pain management treatments for a wide range of nerve pain issues, including sciatica. You don’t have to live with the pain caused by sciatica any longer. To find sciatica relief, call Pain Relief of Dayton or schedule an appointment online today.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition that develops when your sciatic nerve becomes irritated and inflamed. You have a sciatic nerve on each side of your body. They start at your lower spine and then pass through your buttock and into your leg before finally ending in your foot.

When your sciatic nerve grows inflamed, sciatica symptoms develop. It’s common to experience pain, tingling, and numbness that radiates along the nerve all the way from your lower back into your buttocks, hip, and even down your leg.

Sciatica only causes symptoms on one side of your body, and they can range from mild to severe. In most cases, the discomfort is sharp, burning, or like electrical jolts. It also generally worsens when you sneeze, cough, or sit for prolonged periods of time.

Without treatment, you can develop irreversible nerve damage from sciatica.

What causes sciatica?

You can develop sciatica for several reasons, especially herniated discs or bone spurs in your spine. When you have these conditions, they can put pressure on your sciatic nerve, which leads to irritation.

Your risk of having sciatica may also increase for a variety of other reasons, such as:

  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having nerve damage from medical conditions, like diabetes

Some occupations can increase your chances of having sciatica, especially if they involve heavy lifting, back twisting, or extended periods of driving.

How is sciatica treated?

At Pain Relief of Dayton, Dr. Buenaventura develops a personalized approach to managing your sciatica symptoms and pain based on the cause of your nerve inflammation. After performing a comprehensive exam to reach a diagnosis, Dr. Buenaventura might recommend a combination of non-narcotic treatments, including:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Massage therapy or spinal manipulation
  • Lifestyle changes to improve your posture and body mechanics
  • Weight management techniques like nutritional counseling
  • Nerve blocks or steroid injections

Dr. Buenaventura also offers innovative treatments like spinal cord stimulation (SCS). This implantable device works to reduce your pain by disrupting communication signals between your nerves and brain.

Because Pain Relief of Dayton is an independent practice, it’s much more cost effective than going to a hospital. You get a much more personal experience, with Dr. Buenaventura taking time to answer any and all of your questions to make sure you don’t feel rushed. If you’re suffering from sciatica symptoms, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

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