Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 12, 2014
The sciatic nerve is the widest and longest single nerve in the human body—running from the lower back through the buttock to the lower limbs. Thus sciatica is named after the compression or irritation of this particular nerve. Gulf Coast Spine Care, which is based in Houston, has recently rolled out new treatment plans to treat this condition.
Sciatica—which is also known as lumbar radiculopathy, sciatic neuralgia, or sciatic neuritis—is characterized by a specific set of symptoms including a tingling sensation in the leg or difficulty moving it. Other signs include buttock or lower back pain and numbness or weakness in the leg or foot. Sciatica usually occurs on one side of the body, where one sciatic nerve is located. The condition can be linked to the nerve's roots being compressed by a herniated or protruding disc in the lower back, where the sciatic nerve originates.
At Gulf Coast Spine Care, treatment is usually applied according to the cause or severity of the sciatica. First, proper diagnosis is required to make sure that the patient indeed has the condition. In some cases, it just might be mild low back and leg pain that is mistaken for sciatica. Also, pressure on the sciatic nerve might be traced to other medical issues.
Gulf Coast Spine Care recommends and practices a thorough treatment approach to sciatica. This means that conservative treatments—which concern anything but surgery—are not encouraged in most cases. However, with the great strides made in surgical technology over the past few years, patients need not worry too much about complications. For patients who have a bone spur compressing the nerve, the experts at Gulf Coast Spine Care can remove the bone spur. If it's a case of a deteriorating vertebrae, surgery might be required for the introduction of a brace to support the spine. Also possible are disc replacements and spinal fusion to treat sciatica.
Gulf Coast Spine Care Limited PA is a medical center specializing in diagnosis and treatment of spinal problems. In addition to sciatica, Gulf Coast Spine Care can treat spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated discs, shoulder blade and neck pain, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis. The institute was founded in 1995 by Dr. Howard B. Colter, an orthopedic surgeon and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. The institute can be reached by dialing (713) 523-8884.