What happens when I have a problem with my Sciatic Nerve?

Sciatica is a reference to pain that radiates in the distribution of the sciatic nerve.  The nerve originates in the lower back then travels through the buttock and down the leg.  This is most commonly associated with a disc herniation or compression from a bone spur.  The nerve becomes inflamed, causing pain and numbness.

How do I know if I have Sciatic Nerve problems?

The pain can vary from a mild ache to a sharp, stabbing discomfort.  Nerve symptoms can also include burning, stinging or pins and needles.  Depending on severity, there may also be associated weakness.

How can Fort Wayne Physical Medicine help?

The majority of cases resolve with conservative treatment including medications, physical therapy, activity modification, and possibly epidural injections.  Testing can include X-rays or MRI, but these tests are not usually ordered immediately.  Often, treatment is started and diagnostic studies are done only if symptoms have not improved sufficiently.  In approximately 20% of cases symptoms do not improve and at that time surgery can be considered.


  • 66 year old female, Wabash, IN

    "This group of folks are the best treatment team. They have been through the best and worst of times of chronic pain for me. They are compassionate, caring, and remain to be the best in their field of medicine for me over the last 10 years. Julie has been very knowledgable and current in my treatment. Dr. Reecer also has been caring and very skilled in current medical treatment of chronic pain. They all deserve top honors in my care. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You all are the best!"

  • 60 year old female, Fort Wayne, IN

    I am always treated kindly and with smiles. I very rarely have to wait to be taken to the exam room. Staff- Julie, Billie, Jenny P., Jenni R., and of course Dr Reecer are amazing! Staff in the past were just the same as above. I always get a call back same day. Office is relaxing and has current magazines! Julie always takes all the time with me I need, and remembers my family. She also explains medical issues completely, and again, answers all my questions with exceeding knowledge, and is very patient! Overall, this team is fantastic. I truly have zero complaints! From the moment I arrive to the moment I leave-only EXCELLENCE!!!

  • Pain Management Patient

    I am a very physical individual and my occupation requires me to be this way. I pinched a nerve in my spine and could not do anything to manage the severe pain. Dr. Reecer performed the first nerve block injection and I felt as if I could run laps around his building. I truly believe this is a wonderful alternative to surgery.

  • Pain Management Patient

    Dr. Reecer makes me very comfortable about doing a procedure on me considering I have known him for many years. He is just the best!