Sciatica Specialist

Martin Bertram, MD -  - Pain Medicine Physician

Martin Bertram, MD

Pain Medicine Physician & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Springfield, OH

Your sciatic nerve is the single largest nerve in your body, which accounts for the pain it can cause when compromised. To get to the source of the problem and relieve your pain, rely on the expertise of Dr. Martin Bertram, who specializes in pain management and physical medicine. Dr. Bertram successfully treats sciatica in his patients in the Springfield, Ohio, area, allowing them to resume their active lives, free from the constraints that often come with sciatica. If sciatica is having an impact on your quality of life, call or book an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a term used to describe any condition that affects your sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. Your sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and branches out and travels down both your legs.

Sciatica is a symptom of some condition that’s irritating this large nerve, resulting in mild to severe pain that, more often than not, radiates throughout your lower body.

What causes sciatica?

The most common conditions that lead to sciatica are:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease, or arthritis
  • Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Bone spurs

To determine the source of your pain, Dr. Bertram performs a full examination, often turning to advanced imaging, such as X-rays and MRIs, to pinpoint the origin of the pain.

What are the risk factors for sciatica?

Many behaviors or conditions put you more at risk of developing sciatica, including:

  • Age
  • Repetitive stress on your low back
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Diabetes

Acute injuries rarely cause sciatica, but instead comes on gradually, due to degenerative conditions in your spine that affect this large nerve.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

While pain is the most noticeable symptom of sciatica, this pain often presents itself in varying degrees and locations, such as:

  • Pain along one side of your buttocks and your legs
  • Pain in certain positions, such as sitting
  • A tingling or burning sensation that travels down your leg
  • Sharp pain with certain movements
  • Weakness in your leg

The nature of your pain or discomfort, as well as the location, go a long way toward guiding Dr. Bertram to the underlying cause.

How is sciatica treated?

Since sciatica is a symptom of something more significant at play, Dr. Bertram first works toward diagnosing the underlying problem. As a specialist in back pain, Dr. Bertram offers several effective treatments, which he tailors to your unique situation and goals.

If you want the freedom to move again without sciatic pain, call Martin Bertram, MD, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.