Sciatica

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

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Specializing in Sciatica Treatments

What is the sciatic nerve and sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It originates in the lumbar (lower back) region of the spine and runs down the buttocks, backs of the thighs, and lower legs. The important job of the sciatic nerve is to supply the leg and foot with nervous system intervention. The term sciatica is used to describe pain or other symptoms that are caused by the compression of sciatic nerve roots in the lumbar spine.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The most common symptom of sciatica is lower back or hip pain that radiates down the back of the thigh and possibly the lower leg. Other accompanying sensations and symptoms may include any or any combination of the following:

  • A sharp, stabbing pain
  • A radiating electrical pain
  • Cramping
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Tingling

Dr. Virella has the education, skills, and experience needed to help patients who are experiencing the symptoms of sciatica. Dr. Virella’s custom treatment plans ensure symptoms are eliminated and quality of life quickly improves.

What are sciatica treatment/procedure options?

Dr. Virella commonly prescribes the following nonsurgical sciatica treatment options:

  • Rest. Slowing down, stopping, or modifying symptom producing activities helps decrease pain.
  • Injections. Inflammation and pain can be quickly reduced by injecting cortisone and anti-inflammatory medications near compressed sciatic nerve roots.

Sciatica that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options may require sciatica surgery.
Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive sciatica surgery. During a minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy procedure, Dr. Virella carefully removes portions of a herniated disc that are pinching the sciatic nerve and causing symptoms. Patients who have their minimally invasive sciatica surgery performed by Dr. Virella can expect significant symptom relief in a short period of time.

If you are ready to find a solution to your back, neck or spine condition contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. With three convenient locations in Agoura Hills, CA, Valencia, CA, and Palmdale, CA, making an appointment is easier than ever.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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Nervous or Apprehensive about taking the first step?
People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
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Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S