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 runs through 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 herniated disc(s)
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) Spine Specialists determine the exact cause of sciatica and a customized treatment plan quickly decreases symptoms and improves the condition that causes them.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Sciatica
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..
- Physical therapy. An OICJ approved physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.
- Bracing. A removal back brace.
- Injections. An injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgical Procedures for Sciatica
In cases where non-surgical treatments have not resolved the symptoms of sciatica, our Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons may discuss the option of a surgical procedure. Unlike in years past, most spinal procedures can now be performed using a minimally invasive approach that requires only a small incision and significantly expedites recovery time.
While there are several Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery options for sciatica, the goal for any of these procedures is to remove the herniated portion of the disc(s), spinal bones or other structures to alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves.
Our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeons are among the most experienced anywhere in New Jersey and are experts in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgical procedures.
Making an Appointment with Our Spine Specialists
For more information about sciatica treatment options, please contact our office today to schedule a consult in any of our offices in Wall, Toms River, Manahwakin, Freehold or Red Bank. Our friendly and knowledgeable medical team will be happy to answer questions and help you schedule a consultation.
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