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Sciatica Leaders

Modern Concepts

Physical Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Fort Mill, SC

Sciatica is one of the most common causes of leg and lower back pain among Americans. The team at Modern Concepts in Fort Mill, South Carolina, can relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. If you want comprehensive treatment for your sciatica, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that causes inflammation of your sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve extends from your lower back to both feet, and it provides control for the muscles in your legs. If you have sciatica, you may experience:

  • Sharp, shooting pain down your leg
  • Numbness and tingling in your leg
  • Sharp pain in your lower back, especially if you cough or sneeze
  • Weakness in your leg


Sciatica typically occurs on one side of your body, though some causes may leave you with pain in both of your legs.

What causes sciatica?

Many conditions can irritate your sciatic nerve and cause sciatic pain. The most common causes of sciatica include:

  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Herniated disc
  • Arthritis
  • Something pinching the sciatic nerve, including muscles, joints, and bulging discs


Any time pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve it can cause symptoms of sciatica. Piriformis syndrome can be excruciatingly painful and is caused by a muscle in your gluteal area compressing the sciatic nerve. More severe cases can involve bulging or herniated discs, which can cause chronic sciatica issues.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Sciatica is diagnosed based on your medical history, a physical exam, and in some cases, imaging, such an X-ray or MRI. First, your provider will ask about your symptoms and how long you’ve had them.

Then your provider will perform a series of orthopedic tests to check your flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. Some testing may apply pressure to your sciatica nerve and trigger some discomfort.

If your provider suspects arthritis or a disc herniation, X-rays or an MRI may be ordered to understand the extent of your condition. Based on the findings, your provider will diagnose you and recommend treatment options.

How is sciatica treated?

In cases of muscle tension or sacroiliac joint dysfunction, your provider may recommend physical rehab, including exercises and specialized stretches to relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve.

If your sciatica is caused by arthritis or a disc injury, your provider may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or injections to relieve pain and reduce pressure on your sciatic nerve.

To get relief from your sciatica pain, book an appointment online or over the phone with Modern Concepts today.