Ask a Specialist: Sciatica

Do you suffer from pain that starts in the lower back and goes down your leg?  It could be sciatica.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Jon Graham from The Queen’s Medical Center says the symptoms are:

  • Leg pain starting in low back, radiating down leg
  • Sharp stabbing pain
  • Burning pain, often with leg weakness, numbness
  • Often associated with low back pain

It’s a pinched nerve in lower back caused by a herniated “slipped” disk, arthritis of joints in spine or spinal stenosis, or a crooked spine (scoliosis.)

Treatments for sciatica include:

  • Rest
  • Medications
  • Avoid re-injury
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Core strengthening
  • Surgery as last resort
  • Minimally invasive techniques

For more information on sciatica call Dr. Jon Graham’s office at (808) 550-4939.

In addition, did you know The Queen’s Medical Center has a Pain and Spine Program that offers a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan for managing pain, plus treatment of conditions including herniated discs and sciatica? The program uses the expertise of internal medicine specialists, rheumatologists, neurologists, psychologists, physiatrists, acupuncturists, advanced practice nurses, spine surgeons, anesthesiologists, case managers and physical therapists all from The Queen’s Medical Center.

To learn how they can help ease your pain, call (808) 691-8885, or click here.

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