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

Board Certified Leading Sciatica Pain Doctors in Kansas City, MO

Sciatica is a condition that causes shooting pain, tingling, or numbness radiating down the legs due to irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. This pain typically starts in the lower back and travels through the buttocks and legs, sometimes causing pins and needles. Orthopedic Health of Kansas City has board-certified orthopedic specialists who diagnose and treat sciatica. We create personalized treatment plans to help reduce your sciatica pain and improve mobility, enabling you to live a pain-free life.

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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the name for pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. This nerve branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. The pain from sciatica can be severe and negatively impact your day to day life and typically affects only one side of the body.

Sciatica usually occurs when something in the spine puts pressure on the nerve; a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or spine narrowing (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This compression causes inflammation, pain, and often some numbness in the affected leg.

Symptoms of sciatica may include:

  • Pain in the lower back, buttocks, or leg that gets worse when sitting.
  • Burning or tingling sensation that radiates down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness
  • Difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain in one buttock

If you are experiencing hip discomfort, we advise you to consult your orthopedic specialist or physical therapist. You can call (816) 303-2400 or book an appointment online at one of our locations in Kansas City, MO, Independence, MO, or Lenexa, KS.

Does Sciatica Get Worse Before It Gets Better?

Sciatica symptoms can worsen before they improve, but this is not a universal experience for everyone with the condition. The progression and severity of sciatica symptoms can vary depending on factors such as the underlying cause, individual health, and the effectiveness of treatment. Our board-certified orthopedic specialists recommend you discuss any back pain or sciatica treatment with your orthopedic provider for appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and management.

Sciatica Treatment in Kansas City, MO

At Orthopedic Health of 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

Orthopedic Health of Kansas City Sciatica Experts

If sciatica is not treated, the outcomes can vary depending on the severity and underlying cause of the sciatic nerve irritation or compression.

At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, we recommend talking to your orthopedic specialist or physical therapist if you have any concerns about your spinal health or pain. Call (816) 303-2400 or book online for an appointment at one of our Kansas City, MO, Independence, MO, or Lenexa KS locations.