Sciatica Specialist

Orlando Landrum, MD -  - Interventional Pain Specialist

Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers

Orlando Landrum, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist & Regenerative Medicine located in Saint Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall Counties

According to a recent study, about 40% of people will develop sciatica at some point during their lifetime. Although it’s often associated with lower back pain, sciatica uniquely causes pain, often severe, that radiates down your leg. Dr. Orlando Landrum at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers has extensive experience helping patients find relief from sciatica by creating customized treatment using various interventional pain management techniques. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Elkhart, Indiana, or book an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain that’s felt along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve leaves the base of your spine, travels through your buttocks, then runs down both legs. The nerve branches out to serve different areas of your legs and feet, and you can experience symptoms in every part of the nerve.

You’re more likely to develop sciatica as you age due to long-term pressure over time and age-related degenerative conditions. Activities that increase pressure on your lower spine such as sitting for a long time or heavy lifting also increase your risk of sciatica.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica develops when the nerve is compressed. Although a muscle spasm near the nerve may cause the problem, it’s usually an effect of spine problems such as:

  • Herniated disc (the most common cause of sciatica)
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
  • Muscle spasm near the nerve
  • Bone spurs
  • Spine injuries

Whatever causes your sciatica, Dr. Landrum can target it with treatments to relieve your pain.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The symptoms caused by sciatica begin in your lower back or buttocks and radiate through your legs. The severity of your pain may vary from a mild ache to an intense jolt of debilitating pain.

Sciatica also causes sensations like numbness and tingling and may lead to muscle weakness in the affected leg. In some cases, patients have mixed symptoms, feeling pain in one area and numbness in another.

How is sciatica treated?

Dr. Landrum offers a wide range of treatment options to relieve your sciatica pain, always customizing your treatment to meet your individual needs. Since Dr. Landrum takes a holistic approach, he may recommend a variety of treatments such as physical therapy to relieve pressure on the nerve or therapeutic massage.

The team at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers provides a variety of interventional pain relief therapies such as:

  • Facet rhizotomy to stop nerve signals
  • Kyphoplasty to restore collapsed vertebrae
  • Spinal cord stimulation to block pain
  • Transforaminal epidural steroid injection to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery such as interspinous spacers, joint fusion, or discectomy
  • Advanced regenerative medicine such as platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy

Sciatica pain can be disabling and it’s often hard to find relief with traditional medical treatments.

Specialized interventional pain management at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers in Elkhart, Indiana, offers effective therapies that have helped many patients. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about alleviating your sciatica symptoms.