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Sciatica Specialist

Peak Spine & Sports

Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Pain Management Specialists located in Marlton, NJ & Collingswood, NJ

An estimated 40% of people experience pain, numbness, and tingling from sciatica at some point in their life. Fortunately, many treatment options are available. Jill Kalariya, MD, and Milind Patel, MD, MBA, and the multidisciplinary team at Peak Spine & Sports Medicine diagnose and treat sciatica at their state-of-the-art office in Marlton, Collingswood and Toms River, New Jersey. For integrative sciatica treatment, call today or request an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is pain that occurs anywhere along the sciatic nerve, which is the longest and widest nerve in your body. The sciatic nerve branches from each side of your lower spine and travels through your hips and buttocks and down your legs.

How do I know if I have sciatica?

Usually, sciatica affects only one side of your body. In addition to back pain, you may experience hip pain, leg pain, and numbness in the affected leg.

Sciatica symptoms can range from mild to severe. People with severe sciatica may have significant muscle weakness in their leg or difficulty with bowel or bladder control.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom of nerve compression. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc in your lower spine. Other sciatica causes include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Trauma from auto injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Spinal tumors
  • Cauda equina syndrome

Nerve damage, known as neuropathy, from a condition like diabetes can also cause sciatica.

Who gets sciatica?

Anyone can get sciatica, but certain factors can put you at greater risk. Older adults, people with previous back injuries, and people with medical conditions like diabetes and arthritis are more likely to experience sciatica. Carrying extra weight from pregnancy, obesity, or a job that requires heavy lifting can also increase your risk.

How is sciatica diagnosed and treated?

First, the team at Peak Spine & Sports Medicine thoroughly reviews your symptoms and medical history. They perform a physical exam and ask you to move in different ways to determine the cause of your symptoms. They may take diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray or nerve conduction study.

After they confirm a diagnosis, the team at Peak Spine & Sports Medicine creates a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your needs, they may recommend one or more of the following holistic approaches:

  • Physical therapy
  • Targeted stretches and strengthening exercises
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Counseling on lifestyle factors like exercise and nutrition
  • Spinal injections
  • Prescription pain-relieving medication
  • Alternative therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic care
  • Spinal cord stimulator

To find relief from sciatica, call Peak Spine & Sports Medicine today or request an appointment online.