Leg pain comes in many forms, but one of the most debilitating types, sciatica, originates in your lower back and suddenly shoots down through your leg. As a specialist in interventional pain medicine, Ratko Vujicic, MD, at V Pain Clinic offers customized treatments for sciatica and leg pain from numerous sources. If conservative therapies haven’t helped, you still have hope for leg pain relief. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call one of the offices in Rock Hill, South Carolina, or Charlotte, North Carolina.
Leg pain arises from numerous causes categorized as musculoskeletal, inflammatory, vascular, and neuropathic. As you get older, leg pain commonly develops due to degenerative changes, such as osteoarthritis. However, age-related changes that affect nerves in your spine can also cause leg pain.
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which motor and sensory nerves in your leg are damaged. The most common type of peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, develops over time as high blood glucose damages the nerves. Sensory nerve damage causes two extreme symptoms: numbness and hypersensitivity to pain.
Sciatica is another nerve condition that causes leg pain. When the sciatic nerve is pinched at the spine, it becomes irritated and inflamed. This nerve irritation causes low back pain, as well as severe pain that radiates down your leg as it follows the path of the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica is a group of symptoms — pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness — that originate from degenerative changes in your spine. As you get older, tissues in the spine dehydrate, weaken, and slowly deteriorate from the stress of carrying your body weight and performing repetitive daily movements.
These changes result in conditions such as degenerative disc disease, lumbar spine joint arthritis, herniated discs, and bone spurs — conditions that pinch the nearby nerves. When the compressed nerve happens to be the sciatic nerve, you have sciatica.
With so many possible causes of leg pain, it’s clear that there are also numerous treatments. But when your leg pain persists despite your initial therapies, it’s time to consider interventional medicine.
Dr. Vujicic specializes in interventional therapies that target the nerves responsible for sending pain signals to your brain. These treatments work two ways: They can reduce inflammation, which calms the nerves so you have less pain, or they can block nerve signals.
No matter what causes the pain, you can only feel it after your brain receives the information that travels through sensory nerves. When that information is blocked, your brain isn’t aware of the problem, so your pain is diminished.
Dr. Vujicic provides a wide range of interventional treatments, such as:
To learn more about how these treatments effectively relieve leg pain, call V Pain Clinic or book an appointment online.