What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is one of the most common causes of lower back and lower extremity pain. Sciatica is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve—the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve innervates lower back, buttock, thigh, and leg muscles. The most common symptom of sciatica is a sharp, radiating pain that travels from the lower back to the thigh and down the lower leg. Other symptoms include burning, weakness, numbness, and tingling. Symptoms usually only present on one side of the body. Symptoms may be worse when sitting or standing, depending on where the nerve is pinched. Common causes of sciatica include:
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OIOCJ) specialists determine the exact cause of sciatica. A customized treatment plan quickly decreases symptoms and improves the condition that causes them.
How is Sciatica Treated?
Nonsurgical treatment options effectively treat the majority of cases of sciatica. Treatment options decrease nerve inflammation. Common options include:
- Anti-inflammatory and pain medications. Prescription strength aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Celebrex, acetaminophen.
- Activity and lifestyle modification. Slowing down or stopping activities that cause symptoms. Weight loss, smoking cessation.
- Physical therapy. An OIOCJ approved physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.
- Bracing. A removal back brace.
- Injections. An injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.
A customized treatment plan includes a combination of these options. Fellowship trained and board-certified OIOCJ specialists prescribe treatment options according to the patient’s condition, symptoms, and lifestyle. In some cases, minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) may be recommended. OIOCJ specialists use the newest, most advanced surgical techniques and instruments to perform MISS. To schedule your appointment with an OIOCJ specialist, call 732-276-4334 or visit our contact page.
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