Sciatica

Treating Sciatica in Orange County

Treating Sciatica in Orange County by Dr. LouisSciatica is a common pain that shoots out from the sciatic nerve located in your lower back, hip, buttocks and legs. Sciatica syptoms typically only affect one side of the body.

 

 

 

Sciatica happens when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched. There are many ways this can happen, such as:

  • Herniated disks
  • Bone overgrowth
  • Degenerating disks
  • Pregnancy
  • Msucle strain
  • Tumors in the spine
Sciatica is unique to each individual but symptoms are nonetheless similar to these:

  • Lower back pain
  • Consistent pain on one side of the body
  • Numbness
  • Weakness and pain in the leg or foot
  • Tingling sensation
Sciatica is caused by varying factors. Dr. Louis reviews medical histories and will perform a physical examination. An X-ray of your spine may be requested to determine what may be irritating a nerve. CT and MRI scans may also be requested for the same reason.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): An MRI uses magnetic fields to produce detailed cross-sectional images of the brain.

Computed tomography (CT) scan: Imaging procedure that uses X-ray camera to scan series of detailed cross-sectional images of the brain.

A common treatment of sciatica is physical therapy and medication. Dr. Louis will advise on how to prevent sciatica from returning. Medication will be used to control pain.

In severe cases, Dr. Louis will suggest surgery after nonsurgical measures have been taken. In a surgery to reduce pain, Dr. Louis will remove whatever may be pinching the sciatic nerve.

Robert Louis, MD, a fellowship-trained Orange County Neurosurgeon, is the Director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Orange County, California. Dr. Louis has particular expertise in endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, sellar and parasellar tumors and skull base tumors.

Dr. Robert Louis specializes in minimally invasive neurosurgery for the treatment of sciatica. For appointments, please call (949) 383-4185 or Contact Us.