Sciatica Treatment in Annapolis, MD

Sciatic pain is caused by an irritation, inflammation or pinching of the sciatic nerve. The pain is typically found in one leg and can range from dull to completely debilitating. Sciatica is not a medical condition, but rather, a set of symptoms caused by an underlying medical condition. While treatment depends on the underlying cause of your sciatic pain, sciatica usually responds well to non-invasive treatment.

Let our team of sciatic nerve pain specialists in Annapolis, MD help you get back to living a pain free life. They will determine the source of your pain and develop the right combination of treatment and therapies to get you sciatica pain relief as soon as possible. Don’t suffer from sciatic pain for another day.

Sciatic Nerve Pain in Annapolis, MD
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Common Symptoms of Sciatica

People with sciatica often experience these common symptoms:

  • Shooting pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve

    (lower back, buttock, down either leg)

  • Numbness or swelling in the leg

  • Pins & needles in the feet or toes

  • Muscle weakness

  • Decreased range of motion of the low back and/or the affected leg

What Causes Sciatic Nerve Pain?

The sciatic nerve is the longest single nerve in the body. It begins in the lower back and has nerve roots and endings that come together through the lower spine. Sciatica pain occurs when the nerve is irritated or compressed at its point of origin. Sometimes Piriformis Syndrome can be mistaken for Sciatica. The Sciatic nerve passes through the Piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttocks and when that muscle becomes very tight it can irritate the sciatic nerve. Piriformis Syndrome typically requires less treatment than true Sciatica.

Sciatica is a common symptom of several different medical conditions. However, most cases are caused by a bulging or herniated disc. A herniated disc occurs when the disc is temporarily pushed out of place, resulting in pressure on the sciatic nerve. Common causes of sciatica may include:

  • Herniated Disc

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Tumors within the spine

  • Decreased range of motion of the low back and/or the affected leg

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FAQs About Sciatica

Does sciatica go away on its own?

Much like many other conditions, the pain may go away on its own however the root cause of the issue typically remains. It is also common for episodes of “sciatica” to get worse and worse, which is why we always suggests treating the issue as soon as possible to prevent any possible permanent damage.

How long does sciatica last?

This will depend on the severity of the condition. Someone may experience the pain symptoms of sciatica for only a few hours or days, left untreated it can last months to years.

Is the sciatic nerve on the left or the right?

The sciatic nerve exits from the spine and has two main branches, one on the left side of the body and one on the right side of the body.

What makes sciatica worse?

As silly as it may sound some of the most common things we see that make a patient's sciatica worse is a strong sneeze, bending down to pick up something like a piece of paper off the ground, or after sitting down in their car. Things that jar the spine like running and jumping or things that add pressure within the spine like sitting or sneezing can quickly exacerbate sciatica.  

What Treatments are available for Sciatic Nerve Pain?

The first step is to determine if the pain you are having is true sciatica and what is causing it. Often we will need to order advanced imaging to confirm the condition. Once the problem is identified we’ll incorporate a variety of treatment modalities to try to get you out of pain as quickly as possible and then really focus on correcting the route cause so you stay out of pain! 

Some treatment options for sciatica include:

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