Sciatica 101: Understanding and Treating the Pain

Sciatica 101: Understanding and Treating the Pain

While February is the month for chocolate hearts and roses, it’s also the perfect time to show yourself some tender love and care by addressing your aches and pains. At NJ Spine and Wellness, we understand the frustration and discomfort sciatica can cause.

That’s why we offer a wide range of treatment options to help you find relief! From diagnosis to treatment, our team is here to help you say goodbye to sciatic nerve pain and start living pain-free again.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a common condition that affects the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down to the legs. It may cause a variety of symptoms, including pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the area of the hip and leg. These symptoms may make it difficult to stand, walk, or even sit.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica typically occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or pinched. This may occur for a variety of reasons. Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Spinal disc herniation
  • Bone spurs
  • Poor posture
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Spinal injuries or trauma
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity

How is Sciatica Diagnosed?

If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica, it’s important to seek help and diagnose the underlying cause to get the appropriate treatment. NJ Spine and Wellness offers comprehensive diagnostic services to help you get on the path to a quick recovery.

During an initial evaluation, we will perform a physical exam and review your medical history. From there, we will perform various tests to get a better picture of what is causing your sciatica. This may include:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Nerve conduction study and electromyography (NCS and EMG)

Sciatica is sometimes difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often similar to other conditions, such as sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Therefore, it is essential to seek an experienced and qualified specialist who can accurately diagnose the source of your pain.

Learn More about Sciatica Relief Here or To Request an Appointment, Call (866) 410-1937

 

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