What Is Sciatica?

Understanding Sciatica: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Unlocking the Mystery of Sciatica

Sciatica refers to a distinctive pain stemming from a pinched nerve in the back. This nerve, known as the sciatic nerve, originates in the lower back, extends through the buttocks, and travels down the back of the legs. Compression or pinching of the sciatic nerve, often attributed to conditions like slipped discs or spinal issues, results in pain that radiates through the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs. Sometimes, individuals mistake sciatic pain for a hip problem due to its location and the tendency for pain to spread into the hip and leg areas.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica typically arises from underlying spinal conditions, including:

  • Slipped discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Scoliosis
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Back fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar disc disease

Recognizing Sciatica Symptoms

Seek consultation with our orthopedists at City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine if you experience any of the following sciatic nerve pain symptoms:

  • Radiating pain in the back, buttocks, or legs
  • Pain sensations resembling electrical shocks
  • Numbness in the lower back, legs, or buttocks
  • Tingling sensations in the lower back, legs, or buttocks
  • Unexplained hip pain not attributable to a hip condition

Diagnosing Sciatica

City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s dedicated doctors possess extensive experience in delivering comprehensive orthopedic care, placing a strong emphasis on patient-centered, compassionate service. Diagnosing the root cause of your back pain can be challenging, but rest assured that our doctors are highly skilled and trained to identify the precise cause of your discomfort and devise an optimal treatment plan. We engage in thorough discussions about your medical history, symptoms, and spine evaluation before making a diagnosis. In select cases, we may recommend the following imaging tests to pinpoint the underlying cause of your back pain:

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRI scans

Effective Sciatica Treatment

Whenever feasible, we prioritize conservative approaches for sciatic back pain treatment, including:

  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Exercise therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain management medications

Trust City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to lead you toward lasting relief from sciatica, prioritizing your well-being and quality of life. Your journey to a healthier, pain-free back starts here.

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