Monday, January 21, 2013

Why Orthopedic Treatment is Best for Sciatica

Are you feeling pain in your back? Like most of our patients at Sea Spine Orlando Orthopedic you probably think it’s from sleeping in an awkward position or a common exercise strain. But in most cases it turns out to be Sciatica. Sciatica is the pain that runs from the lower back or (lumbar region) down the back of the leg caused from inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The diagnosis of ‘sciatica' means that the sciatic nerve is compressed or injured.

Symptoms of sciatica are most commonly seen among 30 - 50-year-olds, symptoms that include muscle weakness, burning, cramping, and numbness. The pain can become intense and long lasting. Pain increases due to prolonged seating or if the body has sudden irregular movements. Fortunately sciatica is treatable.

Orlando Orthopedic Specialists are an accepted choice for treatment of sciatica, mostly because they often treat lower back pain and problems related to the spine.  An orthopedic surgeon will often use the same procedures a chiropractor would to evaluate the condition of a patient. But contrary to a chiropractor, an orthopedic surgeon may use both non-invasive and invasive measures of treatment.

The goal of many orthopedic doctors who treat patients suffering from sciatica is to help them manage the problem without having to resort to surgical options. Initially, the orthopedic specialist will try all non-invasive measures by recommending you to a specialist where you can receive massage, heat and ice therapy, and ultrasound therapy.

Generally, orthopedic doctors will advise a few days of bed rest, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, and some gentle walking and stretches. In some cases your doctor may inject the affected areas of your spine with cortisone to reduce inflammation and to lessen the pain. While this may provide temporary relief it does not alleviate the problem.

If sciatic pain continues, the patient may require surgical intervention, so it is in the best interest of patients to follow the orthopedic surgeons orders and begin a physical therapy routine to increase their mobility and decrease any discomfort before undergoing surgery.
Every case is different and if you find yourself suffering from the following:

  •  Lower back pain
  •  Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg
  • Pain that originates in the low back or buttock and continues along the path of the sciatic nerve - down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg and foot
  • Pain that feels better when laying down or are walking, but worsens when standing or sitting
  • Pain that is typically described as sharp or searing, rather than dull
  • You experience a “pins-and-needles” sensation, numbness or weakness, or a prickling sensation down the leg

Get immediate medical care if: Self-care measures fail to ease your symptoms, pain lasts longer than a week, or pain becomes progressively worse.

For complete diagnosis and treatment of Sciatica, visit us at Sea Spine Orthopedic Institute today at or call 866-816-ORTHO. Visit one of our four locations: Hallandale, Jacksonville, Tampa or Orlando Orthopedics. We are a team of orthopedists who specialize in treating conditions affecting the knee, hip, shoulder, arm, wrist and Spine.
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Is Orthopedic Treatment the Answer?

It is very common for people to start feeling back pain and have joint problems sometime within their lifetime. Suddenly many questions start coming up when this occurs: Do I Need Professional Treatment? Is an Orthopedic treatment the right choice? The simple answer is to go and get an evaluation or opinion by a Professional Orlando Orthopedic Specialist

Orthopedics is not only about bone related injuries. An orthopedic specialist deals with all injuries and illnesses affecting the musculoskeletal system. This is the system that comprises all the muscles and bones in your body. Therefore an orthopedic surgeon will deal with any damages that affect the bones and muscles in your body.

Back Pain is the most common reason people seek an orthopedic specialist. Pain and certain injuries can be caused due to excessive stress to the body at work or strenuous physical activities. These injuries usually are the result of high-risk activities, sports or accidents. Injuries such as: torn ligaments, pulled or strained muscles and joint injuries require orthopedic care. An orthopedic expert can help you get back on your feet, improve muscle strength, posture, and overall spinal health.

Depending on a person’s fitness and flexibility certain exercises or movements can cause different traumas. It’s your body, so you will know the difference between normal body aches and a potential injury better than anyone.

If you do experience an injury, Dr. Andrew Appel, from the Sea Spine Orlando Orthopedic branch suggests that you do the following:

Stop all activity immediately and do not “fight through ” the pain.
Follow the R.I.C.E. method:
  • Rest the injury
  •  Ice it
  • Compress with a bandage
  • Elevate it
If the injury does not improve in a few days, seek an orthopedic physician for assistance. Remember Orthopedics works to uncover and cure your health conditions, not merely cover up your symptoms. 

Even though age and physical fitness does affect risk of injury, children are still prone to suffer accidents. If a young one in your family has an injury, seek an orthopedic specialist for help. This is very important because children’s bones are developing as they grow. To ensure that the effects of the injuries are not long term, a specialist’s analysis is required.

Without knowing the specifics of a particular case it really is impossible to determine the best path for you to take. Most of the time a qualified orthopedic specialist will have a solution for your specific problem.

Many people who struggle with pain and injuries to the musculoskeletal system prefer to deal with it in their own or look for inadequate solutions. These injuries could worsen and cause serious problems. If you find yourself in such a situation, seek the advice of professional and experienced high-rated Florida orthopedic specialist to ensure that you get proper treatment for your condition. Contact Sea Spine Orthopedic Institute today at or call  866-816-ORTHO.

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