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Sciatica Specialist

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists -  - Pain Management

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists

Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine located in Northern Virginia

When you live with pain related to sciatica, it may come and go, but it’s always irritating and sometimes debilitating. John Huffman, MD, and his team of health care professionals at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, offer comprehensive diagnostics to identify the cause of your pain and innovative, all-natural treatments to resolve your discomfort. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about your treatment options for sciatica.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is the name for pain, numbness, and the pins-and-needles sensations caused by compression of your sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest in your body, extending from your back down through your legs. 

When it’s irritated or compressed by conditions such as herniated discs or degenerative disc disease, you can experience painful and disruptive symptoms. Sciatica typically occurs intermittently, but when left untreated, it can cause chronic and debilitating pain.

What are the common symptoms of sciatica?

While your sciatic nerve splits to run down each of your legs, sciatica typically affects one side at a time. 

If you have sciatica, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your lower back, buttocks, and/or hips
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations down the back or side of your leg
  • Sharp pain in your leg
  • Pain while sitting or lying down
  • Difficulty walking

Everyone experiences sciatica slightly differently, and you may or may not experience any of these symptoms, or they can occur with varying degrees of severity.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Dr. Huffman combines detailed consultations, physical exams, and diagnostic tests to determine if your pain is caused by sciatica, or if it's caused by another condition or injury, resulting in discomfort.

He’ll ask you about your medical history and your lifestyle and will guide you through some gentle stretches and movements to evaluate triggers and the severity of your pain. 

If necessary, he may order diagnostic tests like X-rays or MRIs to look for herniated discs and other issues that could compress or irritate your sciatic nerve.

What are the treatment options for sciatica?

It’s critical to talk to Dr. Huffman about your pain as sciatica rarely goes away without treatment and, in many situations, becomes more severe over time. 

After your comprehensive diagnostic consultation, Dr. Huffman creates a treatment plan, designed to reduce your discomfort and heal the condition causing it.

Some of the non-surgical, non-invasive therapies used include:

  • Exercises to stretch and build strength in the lower back
  • Heat and cold therapies
  • Massage therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Low-level light therapy

With professional help available, you don’t put up with pain or simply hope that it will go away on its own. 

If you’ve had pain in your lower back, hips, buttocks, or legs for more than a week, and it isn’t getting better, call Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists or request an appointment online today.