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Sciatic Nerve Pain Surgery

Sciatic nerve pain is commonly called Sciatica. It originates from your lumbar spine (your lower back) and travels down through your legs to your feet. The pain “travels” in this manner through your sciatic nerves, which begin in your lumbar spine.

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The Lumbar Spine

The lumbar spine consists of the five vertebrae between your rib cage and pelvis, labeled L1 to L5 from top to bottom. Above each of these vertebrae, a spinal nerve takes root in your spinal cord. These five nerves join together and form your sciatic nerves, which run the length of your legs. They are the longest and widest nerves in your body.

When the roots of one of these nerves becomes irritated or compressed, it can cause the chain reaction of pain you may feel in your buttocks, legs, and feet.

Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain

So what can cause the roots to become irritated or compressed? Some common causes are lumbar disc herniation, lumbar spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.

Symptoms of Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatica is typically felt in the lower back and in one leg or buttock. Occasionally the roots of both sciatic nerves can be irritated at the same time, causing pain in both legs or buttocks.

Some of the symptoms you might feel are:

  • Sharp radiating pain
  • Weakness in the leg and foot (requires urgent medical attention)
  • Numbness or tingling in the leg and foot
  • Inability to control your bladder or bowels (requires immediate medical attention)
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Sciatic Nerve Pain Diagnosis

Just because you feel any of these symptoms does not automatically mean you’re suffering from Sciatica. However, if an injury has led to these symptoms, the symptoms are intense, or they’ve not subsided after several weeks, you should seek medical attention. During a consultation at Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, Dr. Rovner will:

  • Review your medical history and any test results you bring with you.
  • Determine the cause of your symptoms through a physical exam.
  • Educate you on your diagnosis.
  • Order any necessary tests, e.g. x-rays or MRI scans.
  • Provide, and discuss, treatment options with you.
  • Together, you will decide on the treatment option that works best for you.

Treatment of Sciatic Nerve Pain

Spine surgeon Dr. Rovner of New Jersey recommends surgical treatment only as a last resort. If your diagnosis is sciatica, the treatment options he’ll discuss with you are:

  • Modified activity
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery: Lumbar discectomy or lumbar laminectomy

Your New Jersey Spine Surgeon for Sciatic Nerve Pain

As an award-winning New Jersey spine surgeon, Dr. Joshua Rovner delivers comprehensive treatment for Sciatic Nerve Pain, whether spine surgery or non-surgical treatment is the best approach. Board certified to practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Joshua Rovner is among few spine surgeons in NJ with depth of experience and expertise for advanced and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. Schedule a consultation today and contact us.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain, it is crucial for you to receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Rovner is one of the best spine surgeons in NJ who has the experience and expertise necessary to help patients actualize successful outcomes with orthopedic spine surgery.

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