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Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Sciatica often triggers debilitating pain. At Wisconsin River Orthopaedics, the team provides the care you need to eliminate your pain. They can resolve sciatica pain through treatments like physical therapy and surgery if needed. To learn more about your treatment options, call the office in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, today or schedule an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Your sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and branches out, traveling through each hip and down into your legs. Sciatica develops when this nerve is compressed or irritated. 

People with sciatica often develop sharp, stabbing, or burning pain. This pain typically starts in the lower back, but symptoms can also appear in your buttocks, thighs, or calves. Sciatica can make it difficult to keep up with your job or other daily activities. 

What are the risk factors for sciatica?

Most cases of sciatica result from a herniated disc in your spine. Bone spurs along your vertebra can also be a factor. Doctors aren't sure why some people develop these problems, while others don't. But known risk factors for sciatica include:

  • Increased age
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Prolonged sitting also seems to make symptoms worse. If you have a desk job, you might be at a higher risk of developing sciatica. Jobs that require heavy lifting could also increase your chances of sciatica.

How is sciatica treated?

At Wisconsin River Orthopaedics, patients receive expert care. First, the team works to identify the cause of your back or leg pain. Next, they help you create a customized treatment plan.

Your Wisconsin River Orthopaedics provider helps you avoid invasive treatments when possible. Physical therapy often relieves sciatica symptoms. During each physical therapy session, your provider guides you through a series of exercises. 

These exercises are designed to relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve. They also build core strength and improve your posture.

The team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics may also recommend pain medications to relieve your symptoms as well as massage therapy and cold and hot treatments to can help relieve your pain and boost blood flow. Over time, improved blood flow can reduce your sciatica symptoms.

For extreme cases of sciatica, your provider may recommend surgery, such as a laminotomy and discectomy. 

If you want to explore sciatica treatments, Wisconsin River Orthopaedics can help. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.