Understanding Sciatica

Sciatica is an extremely common complaint people have when they visit an orthopaedic doctor in Marietta. Sciatic pain can range from mild to debilitating, but treatment by an orthopaedic doctor can provide relief. Watch this video to learn more.

Sciatica is pain caused when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disc or vertebra. This can cause lower back pain that runs through the buttock and down the leg. Usually, only one leg is affected. Your orthopaedic doctor can address this kind of pain in a number of different ways. Anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and other pain medications can be helpful, as can steroid injections. Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen your back muscles and take pressure off of the nerve.