If you have stabbing, shooting spine pain that runs down one side of your lower body, and a feeling of burning or tingling, you may have sciatica. Sciatica is a type of spine pain that typically gets worse when you remain in one position for a long time, and even when you cough or sneeze. It also can make your leg(s) feel numb or weak. In my experience as a neurosurgeon, about half of people will experience mild sciatica at some point in their life — usually after age 30. Most will get sciatica relief within six weeks with self-care treatments such as over-the-counter pain medicines, light exercise, and ice and heat.
South Denver Neurosurgery has developed an outstanding reputation among consumers and referring physicians for our high standard of neurosurgery care over the past 15 years. Since its inception, South Denver Neurosurgery has become one of the most experienced and comprehensive neurosurgery practices in Colorado. Our neurosurgeons specialize in spine surgery, brain tumors, aneurysms, trauma, trigeminal neuralgia, epilepsy, and DBS for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. We also believe strongly in being an advocate for our patients in an increasingly complex health care environment and offering them the full complement of cranial and spinal procedures, so they can obtain the treatment that best suits their condition, health, and personal goals.
Many people don’t realize that pain and numbness in the hands and arms can be caused by conditions in the neck. If you’ve tried medications, physical therapy, maybe even alternative therapies, and your pain or numbness persists over weeks or months — and threatens to keep you from enjoying life — surgery may be an option.
Once you’ve decided on surgery to relieve pain, your next decision is: What kind of neck surgery? There are many options, and the best one for you depends on many factors, including the cause of your pain, and your goals for surgery.