Radicular pain, also known as sciatica, is pain that results from an inflamed sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is extremely long, traveling all the way from the lower back to the foot. When this nerve becomes inflamed or compressed at the root, it results in pain that can be felt all along the nerve. Common causes of radicular pain include herniated discs and spinal stenosis. A herniated disc occurs when a vertebral disc ruptures and the inner material spills out, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which can also put pressure on the nerve.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica can often be managed conservatively, with medications, steroid injections, and physical therapy. If conservative therapies fail to alleviate sciatic pain adequately, a patient may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. There are a number of minimally invasive surgeries that can be used to effectively treat sciatica, depending on the individual patient’s condition.
At ProMed Spine, Dr. Todd Gravori is the best sciatica doctor in Los Angeles. An expert in diagnosing and treating radicular pain in Beverly Hills, Dr. Gravori is a neurosurgeon and spine surgeon with years of experience, who always puts his patients first. His philosophy is to always start small, with conservative therapies, and only if these fail will he turn to surgery. Dr. Gravori is a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, and will always choose the least invasive means of surgery over traditional surgeries which may require long hospital stays and painful recovery periods. With minimally invasive surgery, recovery time is cut in half, as is post-operative pain and time spent in the hospital. Depending on the surgery, patients are often able to go home the same day!
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Radicular pain affects many men and women, but there is no reason to let it rule your life. Relief from sciatic pain is a very real possibility when you choose the right surgeon!
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