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What is usually done for a patient that has sciatica nerve pain in the low back? what are some of the treatments for it?

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Dr. Jason Boyer
Orthopedic Surgery 18 years experience
See below: Sciatic pain from the lower back is caused by nerves being compressed as they leave the lower spine. Sometimes physical therapy can be helpful. Injections of anti inflammatories into the area of compression can also help. When these treatments are not helpful or if the compression is causing numbness or weakness along with pain, surgery may be indicated to free the nerve.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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