Sciatica pain can start in your lower back and radiate down the legs. While the intensity of the pain may vary from person to person, it is often severe and debilitating. However, you don’t need to continue suffering from the pain of sciatica. Schedule an appointment to see if there is a treatment for sciatica Bergen County has to offer.
What is Sciatica?
Accidents and injuries are unpredictable. These injuries cause a lot of pain that need your attention. While the external injury is visible and treated immediately, an internal injury takes time to be diagnosed. One such internal injury is the pressure on the sciatic nerve which can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and legs.
Sciatica is a common type of back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It begins from nerve roots in the lumbar spinal cord and branches down the back of each leg. Sciatica affects only one side of your body. The pain radiates from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down the leg. An appointment with one of the top sciatica doctors NJ has to offer can help you diagnose and relieve your pain.
Common Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica is commonly caused by a herniated disc that presses on the nerve causing irritation and inflammation of the sciatic nerve. It is also referred to as radiculopathy. Our practice specializes with treating Sciatica in Bergen County.
Other causes of sciatica are:
- Inflammation of the sciatic nerve
- Irritation of the nerve from an adjacent bone
- Spinal tumor, injury, internal bleeding, infections in or around the lumbar spine
- Spinal stenosis
- Cauda equina syndrome
- Other causes include osteophyte, spondylolisthesis, piriformis syndrome, and sacroiliitis
Symptoms of Sciatica
The common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Excruciating pain in the lower back and hip.
- Pain in the buttock area and leg that gets worse while sitting.
- Pain anywhere along the nerve pathway from your lower back towards the leg.
- Burning or tingling sensation in the leg.
- Constant pain on one side of the buttock área.
- Weakness, numbness that makes it difficult to move the legs.
- Pain in the lower back and hip that gets worse while sneezing and coughing.
Treatment of Sciatica
The treatment for sciatica depends on the level of pain that you are experiencing. The treatment is divided into:
Acute sciatica treatment which includes:
- Over the counter painkillers
- Exercising and stretching
- Hot or cold compression packs
Chronic sciatica treatment includes:
- Medication: If the pain does not improve with self-care measures, your doctor may suggest medications such as muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and anti-seizure medications.
- Physical therapy: Once the pain reduces with the help of medication, you will be recommended physical therapy to help reduce the pain further. The physical therapist will design a rehabilitation program which will include exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting your back, correct your posture, and improve your flexibility.
- Steroid injection: Your doctor may also suggest a steroid injection to help reduce pain by suppressing inflammation around the irritated nerve.
When Might Surgery be Needed for Sciatica?
If your symptoms do not respond to any of the treatments, your doctor will suggest surgery. Depending on the cause of sciatica, your doctor will suggest any of the two surgeries:
- Lumbar laminectomy that reduces pressure by widening the spinal cord in the lower back
- Discectomy which removes the herniated disc partially or entirely.
If you are experiencing excruciating lower back pain, visit us at The Pain, Spine and Sports Institute to see what sciatica treatment NJ has avaialble for you. We will be able to help you say goodbye to your pain.
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