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Treatment for Chronic Back & Hip Pain in Atlanta, GA

Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)

Lumbar radiculopathy, also known as sciatica, is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet, an injury in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Sciatica may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the lumbar spinal column.

If you’re struggling with chronic pain as a result of sciatica, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and help you find long-term relief. We offer a range of treatments, including physical therapy, chiropractic care, steroid injections, and more. Our experienced practitioners will work with you to develop a plan that is tailored to your unique needs and lifestyle.

Let us help you find the relief you need. Schedule your first appointment with The Physicians today!

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Treatment & Diagnosis of Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition that occurs when there is pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down through the legs. This pressure can cause a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the most common symptoms of sciatica:

  • Pain: The most common symptom of sciatica is pain, which can range from mild to severe. The pain may be felt in the lower back, buttocks, and legs, and is often worse when sitting or standing for long periods of time.
  • Numbness or tingling: Sciatica can also cause numbness, a burning sensation, or a tingling sensation in the affected area. This happens when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disc or other condition.
  • Muscle weakness: In some cases, sciatica can cause muscle weakness in the legs. This can happen if the sciatic nerve that controls those muscles is affected by the pressure.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Treatment for sciatica may include:

  • Rest and ice: Resting and applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Physical therapy: A physical therapist can help you learn exercises that can strengthen the muscles supporting your spine and reduce the risk of further injury.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, prescription medications may be necessary.
  • Injections: Injections of steroids or other medications can be given directly into the area surrounding the sciatic nerve to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve.

If you think you may have sciatica, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent further damage and ensure proper treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is most commonly caused by a herniated disc putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. However, other conditions such as spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease can also cause sciatica.

What happens if I leave sciatica untreated?

In some cases, sciatica may go away on its own without treatment. However, this is not always the case. If your symptoms persist or worsen, it's important to seek medical attention. Otherwise, you risk further damage to the nerve and potentially permanent disability. Additionally, leaving sciatica untreated can lead to increased pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected area.

Do you accept insurance for sciatica treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that leading-edge care for chronic pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best chronic pain specialist near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from spinal pain, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.