About Sciatica

What is it and what are my treatment options?

Sciatica Overview

Lumbar radiculopathy, which is commonly referred to as just sciatica, is inflammation and irritation of the sciatic nerve and accompanying burning pain. Sciatica is uncomfortable and unpleasant and will not improve unless it is properly treated. Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) spine specialists prescribe treatment plans that ensure fast and long-lasting sciatica relief.

Symptoms & Causes

The main sciatica symptom is a burning pain that starts in the lower back and travels down the buttocks, back of the thigh and calf. Other symptoms that may present include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Common sciatica causes include:

  • Lumbar (lower back) herniated disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat sciatica. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA shoulder specialist may recommend:

  • Heat
  • Ice
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy

A physical therapist can be a great treatment resource. They can prescribe a variety of treatment modalities that quickly decrease sciatic nerve inflammation. Surgery is rarely if ever recommended to treat sciatica.


A CONA specialist asks important questions, like:

  • When did sciatic first present?
  • What other symptoms have presented?
  • What treatment options have been tried?
  • Do certain activities and movements make sciatica worse?

Neurosurgical and physical examinations are performed. X-rays, an MRI and/or a CT scan may be ordered to see if a herniated disc is present and causes sciatica.

Make an Appointment
with A Spine Specialist

Sciatica can make life uncomfortable and unpleasant. An appointment with a CONA spine specialist is the first step toward sciatic relief. Please make an appointment when you are ready to say goodbye to sciatica.

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