Treating Sciatica at Icon Medical Centers in Miami
Physicians dedicated to relieving your pain from Sciatica
If sciatica is making your life more challenging, Miami’s Icon Medical Centers can help. Our Miami doctors will discuss your symptoms with you. The symptoms of sciatica are distinctive, but it’s important to understand what is causing your pain, so you may also receive tests like an x-ray or MRI.
Once our Miami doctors has a good understanding of what is contributing to your sciatica, we can create a comprehensive treatment plan. In most cases, a plan that includes physical therapy and medication will relieve your pain and treat the problem. We’ll be with you every step of the way, and one our excellent Miami physicians will help create your treatment plan.
What causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is usually linked to a problem in the spine that irritates the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. Your sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and continues down through your buttocks and your legs. This nerve gives and receives information to almost the entire lower half of your body.
When the nerve gets irritated, it no longer functions correctly, leading to symptoms like pain, weakness, tingling, a burning sensation and loss of balance. The symptoms can range from mild to severe.
The most common causes of sciatica are:
- A spinal disc that is herniated and bulging
- Spinal stenosis, in which the spinal canal becomes narrow
- Spondylolisthesis, which causes vertebrae to slip over one another
- Being overweight
Some of the treatments our Miami physical therapists recommend for sciatica include:
- Hot/cold compression therapy
- Exercises that relieve the pain and prevent future flare-ups
- Chiropractic treatment
Medications may also be used to treat sciatica, especially during acute flare-ups. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), corticosteroids and medications that treat nerve pain such as gabapentin may be used to relieve sciatica.
In some cases, particularly those that are caused by a herniated disc, surgery to repair the disc may be necessary, and our Miami doctors will discuss this with you.
Specialists in treating Sciatica
Sciatica is a condition that causes weakness and sometimes a shooting pain that radiates down the back of one leg. A number of conditions affecting the lower back can lead to sciatica including pregnancy. While sometimes sciatica is merely irritating, it does have the potential to become debilitating.
Medications and physical therapy are often used to treat sciatica. If sciatica has been causing you trouble, call the Miami offices of Icon Medical Centers to schedule your appointment with one of our excellent doctors or therapists to get started on your treatment right away.
Call our Miami office today to schedule your appointment. Sciatica does not have to rule your life.