Sciatica Specialist

Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Huntingdon Valley, PA

Sciatica can be debilitating, making it difficult to stand and even walk. If you live in the Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania area and are struggling with severe lower back pain, the experts at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates can help. Using medications, physical therapy, and other treatment options, the team specialists can help alleviate sciatica symptoms, getting you back on your feet. Schedule your appointment by calling his office or using the online booking tool.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain along your sciatic nerve. This long nerve goes all the way from your lower back to your buttocks and down the backs of your legs.

Sciatica is a common type of nerve and back pain. It’s estimated that 40% of adults will experience sciatic pain in their lifetime.

What are the symptoms of sciatic pain?

Symptoms of pain from your sciatica can vary from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain that radiates from your lower back to your legs
  • Tingling in your leg
  • Shooting pains in your lower back or leg
  • Weakness in your leg
  • Difficulty standing up

You will typically experience symptoms in one leg rather than both when it stems from the sciatic nerve.

What causes pain in your sciatica?

Many factors can cause pain in your sciatica, including spinal diseases such as spinal stenosis and herniated discs. Pregnancy, being overweight or obese, and leading a sedentary lifestyle also increase your risk of having pain in your sciatica.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

The team can perform a physical examination and some in-office testing to diagnose sciatica. He may have you lift one or both of your legs or try walking on your tiptoes.

Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs also help the specialists at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates diagnose sciatica. These tests allow the team to see what is pinching your sciatic nerve.

How is sciatica pain treated?

Anti-inflammatory drugs are one treatment option. These reduce inflammation and swelling around the nerve, which helps relieve symptoms.

Other treatment options include:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery (in severe cases)

Symptoms of sciatica often go away on their own with rest and over-the-counter pain medications. However, if symptoms persist or you experience severe pain, seek Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates for more treatment options.

Sciatica can be debilitating for some patients. If you’re experiencing pain in your lower back that radiates to your leg, call the office or book an appointment online today.