Sciatica

Northwest Indiana Sciatica Specialist

Sciatica can be a painful, uncomfortable, and an inconvenient injury. Patients in Schererville, Indiana suffering from sciatica are encouraged to visit Dr. Rajive Adlaka of Pain Control Associates, LLC for a variety of treatment options.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

The condition known as sciatica is caused by compression on the sciatic nerve. This originates in the lower back, or buttocks, and travels all the way down into the legs. There are several reasons sciatica is caused, including a misaligned vertebra, herniated or bulging discs, pregnancy, tumors, and other non-spinal disorders such as diabetes. The pain can vary in intensity such as dull or sharp. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations, and an electric shock type of pain traveling the length of the leg.

How do I know if I have sciatica?

If you are unsure whether you have sciatica or not, the best way to make that determination is to see a professional. An exam will be done to eliminate any other probabilities. The exam will include a full review of your medical history and a physical assessment to determine the source of the pain. This helps to develop the most comprehensive treatment plan possible.

Who Should Seek Treatment for Sciatica?

Anyone who has discomfort or pain in their lower back or one leg should have their symptoms evaluated to see whether they’re suffering from sciatica. If sciatica is the cause, symptoms can quickly worsen from mild to severe. Therefore, patients should not delay making an appointment with a healthcare provider.

How is sciatica treated?

Depending on the results of the exam, a treatment plan for your specific needs will be developed to help the body heal itself while offering relief from the pain of sciatica. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sciatica and may include several different treatments such as:

  • Non-surgical interventional procedures – spinal interventions; IDET; epidural steroid injections; occipital nerve blocks
  • Medication management –
  • EMG/NCV – Electrodiagnosis of nerve-related injuries and disorders
  • Surgical treatment –
  • Physical therapy – Skilled manual therapy; aquatic therapy; occupational therapy; massage therapy

Call or stop by the office today to find out how Pain Control Associates, LLC. can help you with controlling sciatica.

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Neck Pain

  • Herniated disc
  • Spondylosis (Axial Neck Pain)
  • Failed Surgical Neck Syndrome
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Musculoskeletal Injuries

  • Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
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Low Back Pain

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  • Compression Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Internal Disc Disruption (Annular Tear)
  • Spondylosis (Axial Back Pain)
  • Facet-Mediated Pain
  • Compression Fractures
  • Scoliosis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis
  • Failed Surgical Back Syndrome
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Work Injuries

  • Prompt diagnosis and treatment
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Spinal Interventions

  • IDET
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Racz Catheter Lysis of Adhesions
  • Radiofrequency Facets
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Occipital Nerve Blocks
  • Stellate Ganglion Blocks
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks
  • Discography (Lumbar & Cervical)
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Trigger Point Injections

Psychological Treatment

  • Behavioral Strategies to Help Manage Pain
  • Coping Skills
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  • Management of Depression

Surgical Treatment

  • Neuromodulation (Spinal Cord Stimulation)

Medication Management

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications
  • Neuropathic Medications
  • Opioid Medications

EMG/NCV

  • Electrodiagnosis of nerve-related injuries and disorders

Physical Therapy

  • Skilled Manual Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture