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Sciatica services offered in Jacksonville and Middleburg, FL

Radiating, tingling, or burning pain can indicate that you have sciatica. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with debilitating sciatica discomfort. Our skilled orthopedic specialists at Integrity Spine & Orthopedics in Jacksonville, Florida, offer pain-relieving treatments that dramatically ease the pain of sciatica and improve your quality of life. Call our office or schedule an appointment online today to get relief from sciatica pain.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition that affects the pathway of your sciatic nerve. This nerve begins in your lower back and branches down your legs. It’s caused by pressure on the nerve, causing pain and other bothersome symptoms. If you suffer severe or long-lasting sciatica, see our team for an evaluation.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The symptoms associated with sciatica include:

  • Radiating pain
  • Burning pain
  • Mild aching
  • Sharp pain
  • Electric-shocklike feeling
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness

The discomfort can radiate down into your buttocks and legs. The pain often worsens if you sneeze, cough, or sit for long periods. It usually affects one side of your body more than the other.

What increases my risk of developing sciatica?

While the cause of sciatica isn’t always known, common risk factors include:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Diabetes
  • Tumors
  • Older age
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Physically demanding jobs
  • Excess body weight
  • Spinal stenosis (a narrowed spinal canal)
  • Arthritis
  • Spine injuries

Ways to reduce the chance of sciatica include using proper training techniques, maintaining an ideal body weight, eating nutritious foods, and working out regularly. Use good posture and avoid using your back when lifting heavy objects.

How do I know if I have sciatica?

Our team reviews your medical history, discusses your symptoms, and completes a physical exam to determine if you have sciatica. We may recommend you undergo nerve tests, a CT scan, an MRI, X-rays, or another diagnostic procedure.

How is sciatica treated?

Our specialists will likely suggest one of the following treatments to reduce your sciatica pain:

  • Cold or heat packs
  • Chiropractic care
  • Stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Surgery

You might need more than one type of treatment to experience the most pain relief. Our team personalizes each treatment plan based on your unique situation.

Surgery is the next step if more conservative methods haven’t worked. Our surgical team removes or alters tissues to reduce the pressure placed on your sciatic nerve, easing your discomfort.

Call the Integrity Spine & Orthopedics office to schedule an appointment, or book one online today to get relief from sciatica.