If you have low back pain that shoots across your hip and through your leg, you could be among the up to 40% of Americans with sciatica. At Wellness and Surgery, the team of sciatica experts, headed by Michelle Molina, MD, and expert physician Jonathan Arad, MD, offers compassionate, personalized care at their office in Ardsley, New York, and several other locations throughout New York and New Jersey. Book your appointment by calling the office or clicking the provided link now.
Sciatica refers to pain that affects your sciatic nerve, a very long nerve that begins at the bottom of your spine and then branches into both hips and down the buttocks and legs. When you experience sciatica, the pain starts in your lower back and then typically radiates or shoots downward.
Usually, sciatica affects just one side, so the pain shoots down your left or right side. Sciatica pain can move down to your knee area and sometimes even all the way down to your feet.
Although it's technically not a condition but a type of pain, sciatica still has distinct characteristics, including:
These symptoms may affect your lower back, buttocks, hips, legs, and even feet. Symptoms may worsen when you change your posture.
Sciatica usually happens when you have damage within the lower (lumbar) spine, for example:
Trauma to the spine, like those suffered in motor vehicle accidents, can also cause sciatica if you injure the lower part of your back where the sciatic nerve starts.
Sciatica treatment starts with a comprehensive diagnostic testing at Wellness and Surgery. The team performs tests such as nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and electromyography (EMG) to check how your sciatic nerve relays messages and how your muscles respond to those messages.
You may need imaging tests – for example, CT scans, MRIs, or other tests – to find the cause of your sciatica.
Treatment depends on your diagnosed condition. Common approaches include physical therapy and nerve block injections. Sciatica usually improves significantly with these nonsurgical approaches.
In the event that you have chronic sciatic nerve pain that doesn't respond to physical therapy, injections, and other nonsurgical care, radiofrequency ablation could be a good choice for long-lasting pain relief.
The Wellness and Surgery team understands the severe pain and frustration of sciatica, and they're here to give you true relief. Find out your treatment options by calling the office or clicking on the provided scheduling link now.