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Gramercy Pain Center -  - Board Certified Interventional Pain Medicine

Gramercy Pain Center

Board Certified Interventional Pain Medicine located in Holmdel, Red Bank, Montclair & Jersey City, NJ

Sciatica develops because of a trapped nerve and typically causes pain in your lower back and down one leg. If you have sciatic pain, board-certified physician Ajay Varma, MD, DABA, DABAPM, Ali Valimahomed, MD, and the expert team at Gramercy Pain Center in Holmdel, Red Bank, Montclair, and Jersey City, New Jersey, have the expertise to relieve your pain and restore your mobility. As experts in pain medicine, the team is qualified to help you recover from sciatica. Call Gramercy Pain Center today or book an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition caused by a trapped nerve in your lower back. The sciatic nerve has its roots in the bottom of your spinal cord, exiting in the lower section of the lumbar spine and dividing it into two. One branch of the sciatic nerve then goes down each leg.

If the nerve comes under pressure or gets damaged, it can cause pain that travels from your lower back down one leg, where the sciatic nerve is. Common causes of sciatic nerve compression include:

  • Bulging and herniated discs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal disc degeneration
  • Pregnancy

Sciatica is more common in younger, physically active people, but it can potentially affect anyone.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Patients who have sciatica typically describe their pain as shooting or stabbing. From its starting place in your lower back, sciatic pain goes through your hip and down the leg. Sometimes the pain stops in the upper part of the affected limb, but some patients experience pain the entire length of the sciatic nerve right into their foot.

Other symptoms you might experience include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Buttock pain
  • Problems with muscle control
  • Weakness

Sciatica usually only affects one of your legs. The pain is often worse if you sit down, improving when you stand up. You’re more likely to get sciatica if you’re overweight or you don’t get enough exercise.

Sleeping on a poor quality or worn out mattresses can also cause nerve compression that may lead to sciatica. Your risk also increases if you regularly wear high-heeled shoes because the heels force your foot into an unnatural position that affects spinal alignment.

How is sciatica treated?

At Gramercy Pain Center, Dr. Varma begins your sciatica treatment using therapies that aim to reduce pressure on your sciatic nerve. Resolving the nerve compression that’s causing your sciatica should relieve your symptoms. Potential treatments for sciatica include:

  • Diet/lifestyle modifications
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Discography
  • Trigger point injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Disc decompression
  • Vertiflex

Pain-killing medication can help reduce the pain of sciatica, so you’re able to undergo physical therapy. Most patients find their symptoms improve using conservative treatments, and Dr. Varma excels at helping patients recover from sciatica without having to undergo surgery.

If you have symptoms of sciatica, call Gramercy Pain Center to schedule a consultation, or book online today.