Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica isn’t a medical condition, but rather a symptom of a problem that results in pain that travels down one side of your buttocks and the back of your leg. This pain is caused when your sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body, is compromised or irritated. The large nerve originates in your low back and splits, running down through each buttock and down the back of each leg.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Since sciatica is a symptom, it’s helpful to review how it typically presents itself. The most common characteristics of sciatica are:

  • Pain that travels down the back of one leg
  • Numbness or tingling down one leg
  • Muscle weakness

The pain can be nagging and persistent, and may flare when you sneeze, cough or move quickly.

If your sciatica is fairly severe, it can affect your ability to control your bladder. If you’re experiencing incontinence, you should seek immediate help at the nearest emergency room.

What causes sciatica?

There are many conditions that can affect your sciatic nerve, including:

  • A herniated or ruptured disc
  • A bone spur
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • A tumor on your spine

The best way to tell what’s compromising your sciatic nerve is to undergo a full evaluation at Mobin Neurosurgery. Dr. Mobin uses the most advanced diagnostic tools, including imaging, to get a better sense of your problem so he can begin treatment.

How is sciatica treated?

After a full clinical evaluation to reveal the source of your sciatica pain, Dr. Mobin comes up with a treatment plan that, above all, relieves your pain and discomfort. Typically, he starts out conservatively with:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Postural training
  • Rest
  • Steroid injections

Most cases of sciatica do get better with time. But if your sciatica resists conservative measures, Dr. Mobin is a board-certified neurosurgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Dr. Mobin offers surgical procedures that:

  • Repair your disc
  • Remove the herniated portion of your disc
  • Relieve the spinal compression
  • Fuse your vertebrae

Dr. Mobin chooses a treatment that best fits your level of pain and your goals, always with long-term relief as his mission.

To find relief from sciatica pain, call Mobin Neurosurgery, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Mobin Neurosurgery

Fardad Mobin, MD

Board Certified Neurosurgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

About 80% of adults in the United States suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives, and it’s the number one driver behind missed work days. One of the leading causes of low back pain is sciatica, a condition that can cause moderate-to-severe pain that radiates down your legs. As a spine specialist, Fardad Mobin, MD, understands better than most the limitations that stubborn sciatica presents, which is why he offers long-lasting solutions at Mobin Neurosurgery. If you’re in Beverly Hills, California, and you’re suffering from sciatica, call the office or request an appointment by using the online booking tool.