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Sciatica

Sciatica is a common cause of lower back and leg pain, caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve. Our team can offer non-surgical treatments or minimally invasive surgery.
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What is Sciatica?

At our clinic, we understand how debilitating sciatica can be. It's a common condition that affects the sciatic nerve, which is responsible for sending signals from the spinal cord to the legs. The most common symptom is a sharp, radiating pain that travels from the lower back to the leg. However, there are many other symptoms that patients with sciatica can experience such as burning, numbness, weakness, and tingling. Our specialists are trained to determine the exact cause of sciatica and offer a customized treatment plan that quickly decreases symptoms and improves the underlying condition.

Most cases of sciatica can be treated without surgery - our non-surgical treatments are designed to decrease nerve inflammation. Common options include anti-inflammatory and pain medications, physical therapy, bracing, and injections. However, if non-surgical treatments do not resolve symptoms, our board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeons will discuss the option of a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Our team is among the most experienced in New Jersey and our goal is to alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves and remove the herniated portion of the disc(s), spinal bones, or other structures. For more information about sciatica treatment options, please contact our office to schedule a consult with our friendly and knowledgeable medical team.


Sciatica is one of the most common causes of lower back and lower extremity pain. Sciatica is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve—the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve runs through the lower back, buttock, thigh, and leg muscles.

The most common symptom of sciatica is a sharp, radiating pain that travels from the lower back to the thigh and down the lower leg. Other symptoms include burning, weakness, numbness, and tingling. Symptoms are usually only present on one side of the body. Symptoms may be worse when sitting or standing, depending on where the nerve is pinched.

Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Lumbar herniated disc(s)
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis

Our specialists will determine the exact cause of sciatica and a customized treatment plan quickly decreases symptoms and improves the condition that causes them.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Sciatica

Nonsurgical treatment options effectively treat the majority of cases of sciatica. Treatment options decrease nerve inflammation.

Common options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory and pain medications. Prescription-strength aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Celebrex, acetaminophen..
  • Physical therapy. An OIBO approved physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.
  • Bracing. A removal back brace.
  • Injections. An injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgical Procedures for Sciatica

In cases where non-surgical treatments have not resolved the symptoms of sciatica, our Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons may discuss the option of a surgical procedure.  Unlike in years past, most spinal procedures can now be performed using a minimally invasive approach that requires only a small incision and significantly expedites recovery time.

While there are several Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery options for sciatica, the goal for any of these procedures is to remove the herniated portion of the disc(s), spinal bones, or other structures to alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves.

Our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons are among the most experienced anywhere in New Jersey and are experts in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgical procedures.

Making an Appointment with Our Spine Specialists

For more information about sciatica treatment options, please contact our office today to schedule a consult in any of our offices. Our friendly and knowledgeable medical team will be happy to answer questions and help you schedule a consultation.

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