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Sciatica Specialist

Internal Medicine Practices

Primary Care, Geriatric Care & Internal Medicine Specialists located in Lady Lake, FL & Tavares, FL

When sciatica flares up, something as simple as sitting for long periods can feel unbearable. At Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, the expert physicians will diagnose and treat the cause and symptoms of sciatica to relieve your pain and discomfort. If sciatica prevents you from enjoying your life, call Internal Medicine Practices today or schedule an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve starts in your lower back. It splits in two and runs down into your hips and thighs. It then travels through the backs of your legs, where it ends. When this long nerve — the largest in your body — is compressed or pinched, it can radiate pain throughout one side of your body. Sciatica is a severe condition that can even cause weakness or numbness of the legs.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms vary depending on what’s causing them and how severe they are. People who suffer from more severe cases of sciatica experience more painful, longer-lasting symptoms than those with mild irritation.

The most common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • One-sided pain
  • Pain that stretches down one leg
  • Shocklike pain
  • Dull ache
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Weakness in the affected leg
  • Pain that gets worse after sitting

Sciatica symptoms can come and go. Sometimes, the pain can feel like a dull ache that continues for long periods. Other times the pain can be sharp and intermittent.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica happens when some part of the nerve is compressed or pinched. The most common cause of the condition is a herniated disc. The discs in your vertebrae cushion the bones and absorb shock. They also allow the spine to move and flex.

Each disc contains a hard outer casing with a soft gel-like center. Cracks in the hard shell allow the soft center to push out, irritating the surrounding nerves, including the sciatic nerve.

Risk factors for sciatica that increase your chances of developing the condition include:

  • Excess weight
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Diabetes
  • Your job
  • Lifting heavy objects

You’re at greater risk of developing sciatica if your job requires you to be on your feet all day, particularly if you frequently twist or bend.

How is sciatica treated?

The first step in treating sciatica is determining how severe your condition is. Your doctor will order some kind of imaging procedure X-rays, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or a CT (computed tomography) scan to diagnose sciatica.

Once the doctor reaches the proper diagnosis, they’ll recommend various treatments, including:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Weight management
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines

Call the nearest Internal Medicine Practices location today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about sciatica treatments.

Fax: 949-543-2074