Comprehensive Care

At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, our experienced spine surgeons offer treatment options for a wide range of back conditions that result in sciatica. From conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, to advanced spinal surgery, our team has the experience and knowledge to help you get back to your normal, pain-free life. Our specialists will always encourage non-surgical options when possible and recommend surgical options only when necessary, ensuring the quickest recovery possible.

What is sciatica?

It is the painful and uncomfortable sensation that is often associated with a tingling, numbing, or electric shock feeling that goes from the back through the buttocks and down the back of the legs. For some patients, this pain can be so severe that it interferes with everyday activities and tasks. Usually the result of a pinched nerve in the back, sciatica is a symptom of an underlying back condition.

What are the causes?

Most of the time, sciatica is a sign that you have an underlying spinal condition that is causing pressure on the sciatic nerve that runs down the back and legs. Some of the most common back injuries and conditions that result in this type of nerve pain include:

What are the symptoms?

It is important to visit an orthopedic specialist if you are suffering from any of these common symptoms of sciatica:

  • Pain in the back, buttocks, or legs
  • Tingling in the back, buttocks, or legs
  • Numbness in the back, buttocks, or legs
  • An “electric shock” feeling that runs through the lower back and legs

How is it diagnosed?

At the first signs of sciatica, it is important to speak with a neck and back specialist. MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is home to experts in a wide range of spine conditions who have years of experience diagnosing and treating back conditions. Your initial exam will likely include the following:

  • Medical history evaluation – Your physician will discuss your medical history with you and any relevant prior health problems.
  • Physical exam – Your doctor will evaluate the affected area and may ask you to describe the pain.
  • Imaging tests – Your orthopedist will also likely conduct imaging studies to rule out a fracture and accurately diagnose your back condition.

What are the best treatment options?

Sometimes, sciatica indicates a back problem that can heal on its own with conservative therapies. In these cases, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following nerve pain relief options:

  • Avoiding activities that increase symptoms
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications or pain medications

 

If conservative options are unsuccessful or when sciatica indicates a more serious back condition, our physicians at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute may recommend any of the following treatment options:

 

If you are suffering from sciatica back pain, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating spinal conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive spine care in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Our Specialists

Neck & Spine

Joseph L. Ferguson, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
Seyed Babak Kalantar, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Fred Fei Mo, MD
Fred Fei Mo, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Alan G. Schreiber, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
Oliver O. Tannous, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
James Edward Tozzi, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
5454 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
9455 Lorton Market Street, Suite 200 Lorton, VA, 22079
Phone: 703-971-3701
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 Mc Lean, VA, 22101
Phone: 202-444-8766
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682