Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Sciatica care just for you
Also known as sciatic nerve pain or lumbar radiculopathy, sciatica is pain that starts in the lower back and shoots down the back of one leg. You may also feel discomfort and weakness in your foot and toes, as well as numbness and tingling or a burning sensation.
At Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we want our patients to be able to do the activities they love without pain. If you have lower back pain or other sciatica symptoms, our team can help you take the first steps toward healing.
To make an appointment for sciatica in Goshen, Elkhart or Nappanee, IN, call (574) 534-2548.
What causes sciatic nerve pain?
Sciatica is often caused by a herniated or slipped disc in the lower back. Discs are round cushions between each vertebra. When they herniate, they put pressure on the large sciatic nerve, which runs down your legs from the lower back. It’s this pressure that irritates the nerve and causes pain.
Spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, tumors and muscle spasms in the buttocks are other conditions that put pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica diagnosis and treatment
When you come to Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for sciatica treatment, we will consider your symptoms, medical history and physical exam results before we suggest a treatment plan. We’ll also ask you to do certain movements to see what triggers your sciatic nerve pain. If you need an imaging test to confirm your diagnosis, our X-ray and MRI capabilities are on location and can be ordered during your appointment.
Your treatment plan may include medication, steroid injections, physical therapy or surgery, depending on your unique needs. Our compassionate providers take into consideration your entire well-being when suggesting a treatment option. Physical therapy is provided at Goshen Rehabilitation, which is conveniently located in the same building. We coordinate your appointments to reduce your travel time.
Seek care right away if you have sudden, severe sciatica symptoms or lose bladder or bowel control. It could be a sign of severe nerve compression, and you would need treatment right away to prevent permanent damage.
Let us help you find a solution to your sciatic nerve pain. Call (574) 534-2548 for an appointment.
Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine cares for back and spine conditions, including sciatica, in Goshen, Elkhart and Nappanee, IN.