In the human body, there are 31 pairs of spinal nerves that exit the spine. Each of these nerves has the potential to be pinched or irritated at the root, causing pain. Lumbar radicular pain, also known as sciatica, is a type of pain that extends into the legs along a spinal nerve root. This common form of radicular pain travels down the sciatic nerve in the back of the thigh and into the foot. Symptoms of radicular pain include shooting pain, numbness, or weakness in the area affected by the pain.
There are many causes of radicular pain, such as injury or irritation due to spinal stenosis, a herniated disc, thickening of a bone or ligament, or a cyst. Treatment of radicular pain involves the reduction of pressure on the nerve root. There are a variety of treatment options available to patients suffering from radicular pain.
At Pontchartrain Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our physicians offer Interventional Spine Treatment as a minimally invasive treatment option for radicular pain. When administering Interventional Spine Treatments to patients, the physician will use injections to treat targeted sites in and around the spine, often with the help of fluoroscopy to guide placement. One way physicians administer spinal treatment is through ultrasound guided injections.
Ultrasound guided injections target the parts of the spine where the inflamed nerves are located, delivering relief directly to the source of the pain. The goal of Interventional Spine Treatment is to allow for a greater range of motion through the relief of their radicular pain.