Spine Specialty



Sciatica Specialist in Columbia, SC

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a common health condition, with an estimated 40% of adults experiencing sciatic pain at some point in their lifetime.

The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back, traverses the hips and buttocks, and extends down the legs. It’s instrumental in linking the central nervous system to the lower limbs, underscoring its significance for optimal health and mobility.

When the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed, it can lead to a condition known as sciatica. Sciatica symptoms include pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back, buttock, leg, and foot. The pain is often described as a sharp or burning sensation and can vary in intensity.


The Spine Physicians, Pain Management Team, and Physical Therapy Staff at Midlands Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery will work together to provide a personalized approach to treat your herniated disc pain and symptoms.

Sciatica Treatment

How Do I Know If I Have Sciatica?

Sciatica can be quite painful, inhibit your mobility, and have a negative impact on your daily routines and quality of life. Early recognition of sciatica symptoms is vital. Watch for these common indicators:

Lower Back Pain: Persistent pain in the lower back, often spreading to one leg.
Leg Pain: Sharp or shooting pain following the sciatic nerve’s path.
Numbness and Tingling: Feelings of numbness, tingling, or “pins and needles” in the leg or foot.
Muscle Weakness: Reduced leg or foot strength, impacting movement.
Increased Pain During Certain Activities: Pain worsens while sitting, coughing, or sneezing.
Burning Sensation: A burning or searing feeling along the nerve.
Pain Variability: Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe pain.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica typically results from sciatic nerve compression or irritation, often due to a herniated disc in the spine, bone spur, or spinal stenosis. Muscle inflammation, tumors, or injuries are also contributing factors. Identifying the root cause is crucial for tailored treatment.

How Is Sciatica Treated?

Effective sciatica treatment is key to relieving discomfort and enhancing mobility. Treatment options vary based on severity and causes, including:

  • Pain management and medications such as anti-inflammatories for pain relief.
  • Physical therapy exercises boost flexibility, strengthen muscles, and relieve nerve pressure.
  • Epidural steroid injections are anti-inflammatory medications to diminish nerve irritation, decrease pain, and increase mobility and function.
  • Surgery for severe cases where other treatments don’t suffice.
  • Lifestyle adjustments such as weight loss, regular exercise, good posture, stretching, and an ergonomic workspace to prevent irritating the nerve.

Can I Prevent Sciatica Pain From Coming Back?

Prevent sciatica through regular exercise, maintaining good posture, and strengthening your abdominal and back muscles. Weight management and reducing prolonged sitting are also effective in delaying sciatica onset.


Expert Sciatica Care in South Carolina

Midlands Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, located in Columbia, SC, specializes in comprehensive sciatica treatment. Our expert team, equipped with advanced diagnostic tools, offers personalized care to address your sciatica pain and its root causes. We also serve patients in Irmo and Lexington and have a walk-in clinic in downtown Columbia.


Get in Touch for Specialized Sciatica Treatment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with our hip specialists, contact us or book online. Our orthopedic clinic’s multiple locations ensure accessible and dedicated care for your sciatica needs. We serve patients from Columbia, SC, Irmo, SC, Lexington, SC, and surrounding areas.