Sciatica

Expert Sciatica Specialist in Kansas City, MO, Lenexa, KS, and Independence, MO

Sciatica, characterized by pain following the sciatic nerve’s path from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, and legs, often arises from lumbar spine nerve root irritation or compression. At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, our orthopedic experts specialize in diagnosing and treating sciatica. We craft personalized plans to reduce pain and enhance mobility, guiding you toward a pain-free life.

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How Do I Know If I Have Sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms can vary among patients but common symptoms include but aren’t limited to:

  • Sharp, shooting pain from mid-back down the whole leg
  • Burning sensations
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain worsens with movement
  • Difficulty sitting comfortably
  • Buttock pain

Prompt diagnosis and understanding the cause are crucial for effective treatment. Our Kansas City clinic is ready to assist.

What Causes Sciatica Pain?

Understanding sciatica’s complex causes is essential for successful management. Conditions leading to sciatica include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trauma or injury
  • Pregnancy-related changes
  • Lifestyle factors like sedentary habits, poor posture, and excess weight

What Happens if Sciatica Goes Untreated?

If sciatica is not treated, the outcomes can vary depending on the severity and underlying cause of the sciatic nerve irritation or compression. Here are some potential consequences of untreated sciatica:

Chronic Pain: Without treatment, the pain associated with sciatica can become chronic. Chronic pain might not only persist but could also worsen over time.

Nerve Damage: Prolonged compression of sciatic nerve irritation can lead to permanent nerve damage. This can result in weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg, foot, and toes.

Loss of Feeling or Movement: In severe cases, untreated sciatica can lead to significant loss of feeling or movement in the affected leg or foot.

Cauda Equina Syndrome: In rare cases, sciatica can be a symptom of cauda equina syndrome, a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. This syndrome can lead to permanent loss of bowel and bladder control and paralysis of the legs if not treated promptly.

Impact on Quality of Life: Chronic pain and mobility issues can significantly affect your quality of life. It can limit your ability to perform daily activities, work, and enjoy leisure activities.

Tailored Sciatica Treatment Options in Kansas City

Our treatment approaches for sciatica cater to individual needs and may involve:

  • Physical therapy for strength, flexibility, and posture
  • Medications including pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxants
  • Steroid injections for inflammation and pain reduction
  • Surgical options for severe cases
  • Lifestyle guidance for exercise, posture, and daily habits
  • Alternative therapies like chiropractic care or acupuncture

Comprehensive Sciatica and Spine Care Services in Kansas City

Apart from sciatica, Orthopedic Health of Kansas City offers services for various conditions, including spine surgery, fractured spine, osteoporosis, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, and thoracic & lumbar spine issues.

Your Destination for Sciatica Relief in Kansas City, MO

Choose Orthopedic Health of Kansas City for exceptional sciatica care. Our team focuses on personalized treatment plans, offering tests, various treatments, and supportive care tailored to your needs. Contact us for more informationor to schedule an appointment at our convenient locations in Independence, MO, Lenexa, MO, and Kansas City, MO.

Sciatica Care in Kansas City

Discover exceptional sciatica care right here in Kansas City at Orthopedic Health of Kansas City. Our dedicated team of orthopedic specialists understands the challenges that sciatica can bring to your daily life. We focus on you, offering tests, tailored treatments, and choices to help you feel better. Let us guide you in your path to recovery.

For more information, give us a call or schedule an appointment online. Our orthopedic clinic has multiple locations. We serve patients in Independence, MO, Lenexa, MO, and Kansas City, MO.