Sciatica Specialist

Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center

Non-Surgical Orthopaedic, Spine, Pain Specialist located in Riverdale, GA & Dunwoody, GA

Sciatica is a common type of back pain, and can cause significant disruption in your daily life. The team at Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center is skilled at diagnosing sciatica and creating a customized treatment that can help. There’s no need to live with ongoing pain when there are safe and effective solutions. Schedule an appointment to sit down with a specialist and discuss your specific needs, and to learn more about sciatica care. Online scheduling is one option, or you can always reach the office by phone.  We proudly serve Atlanta and conveniently located surrounding communities of Buckhead, Dunwoody, and South Atlanta areas.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Your sciatic nerve has the distinction of being the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your lower back down through each of your hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. Sciatica is a condition in which excess pressure is placed on your sciatic nerve. Unlike some types of back pain, sciatica is very simple to diagnose.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica pain affects your lower body. It can range from mild to severe, and usually only affects one side of your body.

Some of the common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Pain in your lower back
  • Hip pain
  • Pain in your buttocks or leg
  • Pain that worsens when sitting and lessens when standing
  • Sensations of numbness or weakness in your leg or foot
  • Shooting pain down one leg

If you notice these signs of sciatica, schedule a diagnostic exam to learn about treatment options.

What causes sciatica?

Anything that places pressure on your sciatic nerve can trigger sciatica. One of the most common causes is a herniated disc.

Some other common causes include:

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle spasms
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis

Your risk level for sciatica increases if you are overweight, live a sedentary lifestyle, or lack proper mattress support.

How is sciatica treated?

Physical therapy is a great way to treat sciatica. Your therapist creates a customized stretching and exercise program that relieves pressure on your sciatic nerve.

Lifestyle modification can also yield impressive results. By increasing your activity level and spending less time sitting, you can shed excess pounds and reduce the strain on your back.

Medications can play a role in treating sciatica, but it’s important to find a pain management treatment that doesn’t rely heavily on medication, which carries a risk of side effects and addiction. Alternative therapies like acupuncture, massage, and yoga are also effective for many men and women.

Surgery can sometimes help by removing bone or other tissue that’s placing pressure on your sciatic nerve. Only between 5-10% of sciatica cases require surgery, however.

If you’d like a comprehensive diagnostic exam and treatment plan, schedule a consultation at Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center today, either online or by phone.