Sciatica

Sciatica or “sciatic pain” refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling that radiates down the leg.

Sciatica Treatment Specialist

About Sciatica

Sciatica is caused by injury to, or pressure on, the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower spine and runs down the back of each leg. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg and provides sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot.

Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own.

Causes Of Sciatica

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This pressure or damage can occur for a variety of reasons. Sciatica causes can include:

  • A bulging or herniated disk that is pressing on the nerve
  • Spinal stenosis—a narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the nerve
  • An injury such as a pelvic fracture

Sometimes, no specific cause can be found.

Sciatica Symptoms

Sciatica pain is usually only on one side of your body. Symptoms include:

  • Pain that radiates (travels) from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

Sciatica Diagnosis

Our board-certified, caring physicians will carefully examine you to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Our advanced diagnostic techniques will help us determine what’s causing your pain—and get you on the road to better health.

  • We take your medical history
  • We conduct a thorough physical exam
  • We carefully analyze your symptoms
  • We may order diagnostic tests, including x-ray, MRI, and nerve conduction studies, to help us diagnose your chronic pain

Once we have an accurate diagnosis, we will work together with you to create a treatment plan that will be successful for your chronic pain.

Possible Treatments For Sciatica

  • Biofeedback
  • Injection therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Trigger point injection
  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Alternative therapies
  • Medication management

Are you or a loved one living with pain?

You don’t have to live in chronic daily pain. Pain and Spine Specialists can help—give our board-certified doctors a call today at 301-703-8767 (Maryland) or 724-603-3560 (Pittsburgh area).

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