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What are the causes of severe sciatica and how is it generally treated?
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Multiple ways
The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections, etc).
Anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. If these treatments aren't helpful, surgery may be indicated.

In brief: Multiple ways
The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections, etc).
Anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. If these treatments aren't helpful, surgery may be indicated.
Dr. Chintan Sampat
Dr. Chintan Sampat
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Disc herniation
A herniated disc is a common cause piriformis syndrome causes a mild version.

In brief: Disc herniation
A herniated disc is a common cause piriformis syndrome causes a mild version.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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