Dr. Steven Leckie: Everyday I see patients in the office who are complaining of sciatica. And sciatica is really a symptom, not a diagnosis. Sciatica means radiating leg pain and that — the source of that leg pain is often from nerve compression in the low back and the lumbar spine. And that nerve compression could be due to a disc herniation, it could be due to stenosis, meaning the spinal canal is not wide enough for the spinal nerves to pass through it or degenerative changes such as a bone spur. And sciatica has a variety of treatment options and those start with conservative management such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. Sometimes injections can help with sciatica and if those conservative management options are not working, then surgery can be very helpful because once the nerve root is decompressed, then the leg feels better. And so relief of that radiating leg pain is very reliable. Sometimes that surgery is a very small operation such as a microdiscectomy. That that operation typically takes an hour as an outpatient procedure. Sometimes, it has to be a bit of a larger operation called a laminectomy where multiple levels are decompressed. And sometimes, patients will still go home the same day or within a couple of days. And sometimes, they would require a fusion if in addition to the decompression there’s any instability in their spine, then sometimes a fusion can be the safest option for them in terms of reliably and permanently relieving them of their leg symptoms. If you are experiencing sciatica, come and see us. We have a variety of treatment options to offer you and we can make a treatment plan that is right for you, and based on your specific condition, we have onsite imaging, we have onsite physical therapy, we also have pain management with spinal injections. And if surgery is necessary, then we offer a wide variety of surgical options including minimally invasive options as well as traditional complex surgery.