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Sciatica Treatment In Dubai

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is typically characterized by pain radiating from the lower spine to one or both legs. The pain usually extends beyond the knee. Sciatica usually affects one side of the lower body, depending upon which sciatic nerve is affected. In some cases, the tingling pain can also travel down to the foot, causing lifestyle-related problems.

The sciatica is caused due to slipped disc or herniated disk when the soft cartilages or tissues between the spine bones pinch the nerves surrounding those discs. Sometimes the sciatic nerve itself (large nerve) is pinched, causing pain to radiate down to the legs.

What Does Sciatica Pain Feel Like?

People describe the pain caused due to sciatica differently. For some, it can be a soft tingling pain gradually reaching the foot, while others describe a svere sharp shooting pain, felt especially while sitting or standing. Some patients also describe the pain as similar to a severe toothache. Typically, the frequency of shooting pain increases with the delay of sciatica pain management treatment. Therefore, our capable team, lead by Dr. Sherief Eslayed, devise the best Sciatica treatment in Dubai to treat pinched root nerves through medication, therapy, and surgical practices, depending on the sciatica symptoms.

Symptoms Of Sciatica?

The Sciatica symptoms include:
  • Sharp tingling pain arising from lower back and traveling down the legs.
  • Discomfort or pain in the lower back and legs (usually on one side) while sitting, standing, walking, or even lying straight on the bed.
  • Pain sensations that feel like electric shocks.
  • Pain aggravated with sneezing, coughing, and sudden movements such as sitting or standing.
  • Pins and needles (paresthesia)
  • Numbness

Who is at Higher Risk of Health Problems due to Sciatica?

Today, sciatica cases are surging not only in Dubai but worldwide. The patients include most of the age spectrum – from adolescents through to the elderly. The most commonly affected group are those of middle age. Aenior citizens, pregnant women, professionals with prolonged sitting or standing jobs, or those having prior spine-related problems may all experience sciatica. Some of the reasons why these groups are at higher risk are as discussed below.
  • Pregnant women: Pregnancy creates a greater chance of disc herniation in the lower back, causing sciatica.
  • Middle age: With increasing age, the central fibrous gel in the spine canal dries. As a result, the spine loses its tensile strength, flexibility and becomes prone to spine thinning. All these conditions surmount to causing spine problems such as herniated disk and bone spurs, which pinche, irritates, and inflame nerve roots as they leave the vertebrae.
  • Working Professionals: A study finds a decent percentage of sciatica patients are young professionals who devote long sitting or standing working hours. Restricted spine movement, or exaggerated spine movements, build pressure on the spinal canal and nerves.

Diagnosis

Sciatica shows some common symptoms also found in other spine or nervous problems. However, Dr Sherief, our expert spine specialist, suggests the following diagnostic tests to conclude an accurate Sciatica treatment in Dubai. The diagnosis includes:

Physical examination of the spine

Starting with a thorough history and examination, Dr. Sherief is able to guide the patient as to what the problem may be.

Screening tests of spine, back, and nerves

Dr. Sherief Elsayed combines physical tests with some screening tests to diagnose and start with sciatica management treatment. These imaging tests include:

  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Nerve conduction studies / Electroneuromyography (EMG) in some cases

The above tests are recommended depending on the prognosis of sciatica symptoms to give our patients the best effective Sciatica treatment in Dubai.

Sciatica Treatments In Dubai

The treatment approach depends on the analysis of diagnostic tests for sciatica. After opting for the right treatment, Dr. Sherief compassionately explains the disorder and treatment methods to the patient before proceeding to the treatment methods. The treatment methods include:

Medications for sciatica pain relief

The medications include targeted OTC, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and spinal injections. Typically, these medications effectively subdue pain and relax nerve tensions, and bring sciatic nerves to respond normally eventually. However, in some cases, the pain or other symptoms may reoccur. Therefore, the spine specialist may suggest therapy as the best-gauged sciatica treatment in Dubai.

Therapies for relief of sciatica induced nerve

The physical therapies for sciatica treatment incorporate some specially designed exercises to strengthen, condition and stimulate targeted nerves and muscles affected by sciatica. Typically, the doctor recommends therapy with medication as part of a conservative nonsurgical sciatica treatment plan.

Surgery as the last resort option for sciatic treatment

In most cases of sciatica, symptoms are well managed with conservative methods. However, in some cases of failed practice and recurrence of sciatic symptoms, our specialist performs surgery as the last and the most effective Sciatica treatment in Dubai. Some of the cases requiring surgeries for sciatica treatment include:

  • Recurrence of lower back and leg pain after medications and therapies
  • Restricted lower back movement
  • Increased pain intensity and pain frequency
  • The herniated disc causing other interrelated problems such as weakness, bladder, bowel, or
  • sexual dysfunction

Dr. Sherief performs a number of surgeries to treat sciatica:

  • Laminotomy – The lamina is in the back of the vertebral body, covering the nerves. During the surgery, the surgeon removes the lamina or the part that is pinching the nerve roots.
  • Discectomy/decompression – The surgeon removes any part of the spine causing nerve root compression, e.g., bone spurs, herniated (prolapsed or slipped) disc, or something else.

A discectomy is undertaken either by way of a microdiscectomy or by way of an endoscopic discectomy.

Patient satisfaction rates (for relief of leg pain, sciatica), are very high following a discectomy.

Surgeries are typically performed under general anesthesia.

Why Choose Dr. Sherief Elsayed For Your Sciatica Treatment In Dubai?

Dr. Sherief Elsayed is one of the most renowned spinal specialists in Dubai. Dr. Elsayed and the team have performed various intricate spine surgeries providing commendable results and relief to patients. With immense qualification, skills, and compassion, he and his team have handled many spine-related problems with conservative and non-conservative approaches, giving patients a zeal to live a better quality and comfortable life. Having spine problems? Book an appointment with our consultant spine surgeon Dr. Sherief Elsayed right away!