Sciatic Back Pain Doctor in Westchester County
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a type of pain that is caused by a pinched nerve in the back. This nerve, called the sciatic nerve, runs from your lower back through your buttocks and down the back of your legs. When a slipped disc or other spine condition causes compression or pinching of the sciatic nerve, it results in radiating pain through the lower back, hips, buttocks, and back of the legs. Sometimes sciatic pain is confused with a hip condition rather than a spinal condition because of the location of the pain and the tendency for the pain to radiate through the hip and leg area.
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica is usually caused by an underlying spinal condition, such as:
- Slipped disc
- Herniated disc
- Lumbar stenosis
- Back fracture
- Lumbar disc disease
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Visit one of our orthopedists at Specialty Orthopaedics if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms of sciatic nerve pain:
- Pain that radiates through the back, buttocks, or back of the legs
- Pain that feels like it is “electrocuting”
- Numbness in the lower back, legs, or buttocks
- Tingling sensations in the lower back, legs, or buttocks
- Pain in the hip region that cannot be explained by a hip condition
How is sciatica diagnosed?
At Specialty Orthopaedics, our doctors have extensive experience providing patients with comprehensive orthopedic care with an emphasis on creating a compassionate, patient-centric experience. When it comes to diagnosing your back pain, it can be tricky to determine the underlying cause. You can feel relaxed and confident knowing that our doctors have the experience and training to detect the exact cause of your pain and come up with the best approach to get you feeling healthier faster. We take the time to discuss any relevant medical conditions with you, understand your symptoms, and evaluate your spine before making our diagnosis. In some cases, we might also recommend one of the following imaging tests to help us locate the underlying cause of your back pain:
- CT scans
- MRI scans
How is sciatica treated?
Whenever we can, we approach sciatic back pain treatment with conservative options, including the following:
- Lifestyle modifications
- Exercise therapy
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Pain medications
When the underlying spinal condition must be repaired in order to alleviate your sciatic back pain, we may recommend one of the below surgical options, depending on the particular condition:
If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of orthopedic specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.