Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve has become compressed due to another underlying spinal condition. Due to the location of the sciatic nerve, sciatica only affects the lower back. Symptoms may present in the buttocks, down the legs, and into the feet.

Sciatica
Sciatica

How Do I Know if I Have Sciatica?

Symptoms of sciatica are usually only felt in one leg. Although rare, symptoms can present in both legs. Symptoms generally worsen when the patient is sitting. Common sciatica symptoms include pain that radiates through the buttock, down the back of the thigh, through the calf, and into the foot. Other sciatica symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pins and needles sensations. If sciatica is allowed to progress without treatment, muscular weakness and a loss of leg function may begin to appear.

Tingling or numbness in the arms and legs can sometimes indicate an advanced orthopedic condition.

Do you have any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from sciatica? We have a quick and easy tool to help gather some information from you to help us determine what your problem is and get you on the road to recovery.

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

Conservative sciatica treatment is usually successful and involves treating the underlying condition causing the sciatic nerve compression. Treatment may include anti-inflammatory medication, stretches and exercises, heat and ice therapy, and physical therapy. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.

OLSS provides a wide range of treatment options and because our doctors are the most experienced and best trained in treating sciatica we are able to perform many advanced treatments other practices are unable to offer.

The real question is: What treatment is best to treat your sciatica? Use our Treatment Match tool to quickly get started in finding the right treatment for you.

Best Sciatica Treatment

There are various ways to treat sciatica, from nonsurgical to surgical procedures. This all depends on the patient’s nerve complications. If you are experiencing sciatica pain, it is important to seek help from specialists to help relief your pain. Below are some sciatica treatments:

Non-surgical Treatment:

  • Stretch activities- can help increase elasticity and improve overall physical movement.
  • Chiropractic adjustment- ease pain on the spinal column.
  • Medications- lessen the pain and reduce inflammation.

Surgical Treatment:

  • Foraminotomy surgery– decompressing the nerve by increasing the size of the foramen.
  • Discectomy surgery– removing the herniated disc that is causing nerve compression.
  • Laminotomy–┬áremoving some parts of the lamina to relief the pressure of a specific area

Contact a Florida Orthopedic Surgeon

If you are certain that you have been experiencing sciatic pain, contact our Florida Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery. Our team of orthopedic surgeons has performed many spine surgeries for sciatica with fast healing journeys. Make sure to check out which locations in Florida we offer our services. Schedule your appointment today by calling (855)-853-6542.

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