Low Back Pain/Sciatica Specialist

Sunshine State Medical Inc.

Chiropractic & General Medicine located in Orlando, FL

Sciatica is a debilitating condition that can cause a tremendous amount of lower back pain for those who suffer from it. If you’re living with sciatica, schedule a visit to Sunshine State Medical Inc. in Orlando, Florida. Their team of dedicated physicians can help you find relief from your pain and rehabilitate the underlying conditions that are causing it. Book your visit today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.

Low Back Pain/Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a severe pain that travels along the length of the longest nerve in your body, the sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve travels from your lower back to your hips, buttocks, and each of your legs, ending just below your knee.

Some of the symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Shooting pain down your lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakened muscles in the leg or foot
  • A sensation like an electric shock down your leg
  • A burning sensation down the leg
  • Acute pain when coughing or sneezing
  • Persistent pain in one side of your buttocks
  • Increased pain when you sit for a long time

The intensity of your pain is highly variable. It can range from mildly annoying to excruciating. It most often affects only one side of your lower body.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom of another issue and not a condition in and of itself. In most cases, it’s caused by a herniated disc, a condition wherein one of the discs in your spinal column slips out and presses against one of your spinal nerves.

Sciatica can also be caused by:

Cauda equina syndrome

This is a condition that affects the nerves in the lower spinal cord.

Spondylolisthesis

This condition causes your vertebrae to slip out of alignment.

Degenerative disc disease

This describes the wearing down of the discs between your vertebrae.

Lumbar spinal stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal cavity in your lower back.

Your spinal nerve can also become compressed as a result of infection, spinal tumors, and pregnancy.

Individuals who have diabetes, live a sedentary lifestyle, and are overweight are at a higher risk of developing sciatica pain.

How is sciatica treated?

A wide range of treatment is available for easing your sciatica pain, including:

Medications

Certain medications can help with your pain, including muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories.

Physical Therapy

By correcting your posture and strengthening the muscles in your back, you can rehabilitate your spine and protect yourself against developing sciatica.

Steroid injections

Injecting corticosteroid medication into the area where you might have a slipped disc reduces the inflammation and eases the pressure on your irritated nerve, giving you relief from your pain.

Put an end to your sciatica suffering today by scheduling an appointment with the team at Sunshine State Medical Inc. by calling the office or booking online.