Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management
Pain Management Physicians located in Staten Island, NY & Hartsdale, NY
Lumbar radiculopathy, commonly known as sciatica, often causes deep and steady pain during everyday activities like sitting or walking. The caring pain management team at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management uses advanced technology to treat sciatica without surgery at two convenient locations in Staten Island and Hartsdale, New York. If you have sciatica pain, call or book an appointment online today.
Sciatica Q & A
What is sciatica?
The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back, though the hips and buttocks, and down each of your legs. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along this nerve, typically on only one side of your body.
Although sciatica can cause severe pain, the knowledgeable team at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management offers non-operative treatments that can resolve your pain in as little as a few weeks.
What does sciatica feel like?
The most common symptom of sciatica is pain that radiates from your lower back (lumbar spine) to your buttock and down the back of your thigh to your calf. You may feel pain that ranges from mild to severe at any point along this pathway.
Some people also experience numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in the leg or foot affected by sciatica. It’s possible to have pain in one part of your leg and numbness or tingling in another part. Sitting for long periods of time usually aggravates sciatica symptoms.
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica results from a pinched sciatic nerve. Several conditions can cause a pinched nerve to occur, such as:
- Herniated disc
- Bone spur on the spine
- Spinal stenosis
These conditions compress the sciatic nerve, causing pain, inflammation, and sometimes numbness to occur.
Who is at risk of developing sciatica?
Sciatica can happen to anyone. However, certain factors increase your risk of developing this condition, such as:
- Prolonged sitting
- Increasing age
Having a job that requires a lot of driving, heavy lifting, and spinal twisting, such as parcel delivery, also increases your risk of sciatica. This condition may also result from a car accident.
How do you diagnose and treat sciatica?
First, your expert physician at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. They may take imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to look for a herniated disc or bone spur in your spine.
Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan to relieve your pain and avoid spine surgery. Depending on your unique needs, the team at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management may recommend one or more of these nonsurgical sciatica treatments:
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Pain-relieving medications
- Nerve Blocks
- Epidural Injections
If you think you have sciatica, call Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management or book an appointment online today.
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