Sciatica Specialists

NJ Spine and Wellness -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

NJ Spine and Wellness

Orthopedic, Pain Management & Sports Medicine Multi-Specialty Group located in East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan & Old Bridge, NJ

Sciatica is a common pain issue, affecting around 40% of Americans at some point during their lives. The team at NJ Spine and Wellness in Matawan, East Brunswick, Freehold, and Old Bridge, New Jersey, provide expert diagnosis and customized, multidisciplinary treatment to help you get better faster. You don’t have to live with sciatica, call the office or schedule a consultation online today to relieve your pain and restore your quality of life.

Sciatica Q & A

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a group of uncomfortable symptoms caused by compression of your sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve is the largest in your body. It starts in your lower back and splits to extend down both of your legs. 

Depending on the location of the nerve compression, you could have symptoms on one or both sides of your body. Sciatica symptoms include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in your hips, buttocks, or legs
  • Electrical jolts in your legs
  • Numbness or tingling in your legs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of balance

Sciatica ranges in severity. Your symptoms might also be more intense while you sit, bend, or twist your spine, or move between sitting and standing. You might even find that walking around lessens your discomfort. 

What Causes Sciatica?

Anything that compresses or irritates your sciatic nerve can cause sciatica. A herniated disc in your lumbar spine is one of the most common causes. A herniated disc occurs when the inside of a spinal disc bulges through its rubbery shell. Other potential causes include:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Muscle spasm 

There isn’t much spare space in your spinal column, so inflammation or irregularity in your vertebrae or discs can cause nerve compression.

How Do You Diagnose Sciatica?

In many cases, the team at NJ Spine and Wellness can diagnose sciatica with a comprehensive consultation and physical exam. 

Your provider reviews your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history before examining your body. They feel your spine and back for inflammation and structural abnormalities. They might ask you to perform some stretches or movements that help evaluate how your pain affects your mobility. 

In some cases, your provider might order diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays and MRIs to examine your spine, muscles, and connective tissue in more detail. This helps them identify the specific issue causing your sciatica. 

How is Sciatica Treated?

The team at NJ Spine and Wellness provides customized treatment plans to alleviate symptoms and address the underlying condition. They often begin with conservative options such as physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and steroid injections. 

When conservative treatments don’t relieve your pain, your provider might recommend spine surgery such as laminectomy to create space in your spinal column and reduce the nerve compression. 

If you have sciatica symptoms, don’t delay treatment. Call NJ Spine and Wellness or schedule an appointment online today.