Sciatica Specialist

The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute

Rehan Ali, MD

Pain Management Specialist located in Paramus, NJ

If you experience a sudden, intense pain in your lower back when you sneeze or laugh, you may have a condition known as sciatica. At The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute in Paramus, New Jersey, board-certified pain management specialist, Rehan Ali, MD, offers innovative non-surgical treatment options for sciatica pain, including PRP therapy and steroid injections. Dr. Ali also provides recommendations for lifestyle changes and referrals for physical therapy to improve your range of motion and mobility. Schedule a consultation for chronic sciatica pain online now or by calling The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition that develops when there’s pressure on the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that travels from your lower back down into your buttocks and legs.

Pressure on the nerve can be the result of underlying issues like:

  • Tumors
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

You can also experience symptoms of sciatica-related pain if your sciatic nerve is chronically irritated or inflamed.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The hallmark symptom of sciatica is a sudden, intense pain that radiates from your lower back down into your legs with sudden movements, like a cough or sneeze.

You may also develop symptoms of sciatica like:

  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling sensations in the leg

You may also feel pain in your buttocks when sitting or walking for an extended period of time. It’s also possible to have pain in your hip as the result of sciatica.

How is sciatica treated?

After confirming your pain is the result of sciatica, Dr. Ali creates a treatment plan that focuses on easing pain and increasing your mobility.

If your pain is mild, Dr. Ali may initially recommend over-the-counter medications to ease pain and reduce inflammation. He can also suggest stretching exercises at home or through physical therapy to reduce pressure on your sciatic nerve.

If you have persistent or severe pain from sciatica, Dr. Ali may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines and pain relievers. If oral medicines aren’t effective in relieving pain, you may need injections of steroids directly into your sciatic nerve to improve your quality of life.

Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may also be beneficial for repairing damaged tissue and increasing blood flow to your lumbar spine to promote natural healing. 

PRP contains growth factors that speed up the regeneration of new tissue that replaces injured or damaged areas surrounding the sciatic nerve.

Will I need surgery for chronic sciatica pain?

When sciatica pain is chronic and not treatable with medications or injection therapy, Dr. Ali may refer you for a surgical consult. But, most cases of sciatica resolve with non-surgical options from The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute and surgery is a last resort for treating sciatica pain. 

Dr. Ali works closely with you on lifestyle changes and non-surgical treatments to relieve sciatica pain before recommending surgery.

Learn more about your treatment options for sciatica by calling The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute today or by requesting an appointment online now.