Our award-winning sciatica specialist at Downtown Pain Physicians offer sciatica pain relief to our patients in Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn.
With years of treating different pains, feel free to visit us for any type of nerve pain you are going through. There are several nerve pains that happen in the body, the causes of these pains are unknown to the individual experiencing them. As people, we go through a series of daily actions and some of these actions result in unwanted pain. Many times we are unaware of the root cause until an experienced pain doctor can diagnose it and provide treatment. Sciatica nerve pain is one of such pains.
Common treatments for Sciatic Nerve Pain
FAQ: Sciatica Nerve Pain
What is Sciatica Nerve Pain?
Sciatica nerve pain is a pain in the lower extremity that is caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain caused by sciatica is normally felt from the low back (lumbar area) to behind the thigh and can extend down below the knee.
A sciatic nerve is the largest in the body, and it begins from nerve roots in the lumbar spinal cord in the low back and stretches through the buttock area to send the nerve ending down the lower limb. Sciatica nerve pain is commonly referred to as Radiculopathy. There are several sources of sciatica nerve pain and each of them gives different symptoms.
What Are Common Causes Of Sciatica?
Normally, sciatica nerve pain is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. Usually, when this happens, there is no particular injury that is related to the onset of sciatica. But with time, the pain will suddenly begin whenever the victim starts moving quickly or lifts something heavy. Below is the list of common causes of sciatica.
- Herniated Disc. This is said to be the most common cause of sciatica. Whenever a disc herniates near the spinal nerve roots which form the sciatic nerve, it can cause irritation or pressure on the nerve, which results in the symptoms of sciatica.
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. This happens gradually with age whenever there is a narrowing of the canal that contains the spinal cord, as the person ages, the bone will overgrow and put pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Spondylolisthesis. This is a condition in which one backbone has slipped backward or forward over another backbone. When this is continuous, it can result in pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Spinal Tumors. These are abnormal growths that are either cancerous (malignant) or benign. However, spinal tumors are rare. But whenever a spinal tumor develops in the lumbar region, there is a high risk for sciatica to develop as a result of nerve compression.
What are the symptoms of Sciatica?
The first symptom of sciatica is pain. These pains are different; most people describe theirs as more painful and deep than others. Irrespective of the measure of the pain, they all start low on one side of the back and then shoot down the buttock and end at the back of the thigh.
Why did my sciatica go away on its own?
Sciatica nerve pain often comes in waves. For a few weeks, people can suffer from it, then it will go away, only to come back after a short time. This usually reoccurs until you get treatment for the underlying cause.
Does sciatica require surgery?
Sciatica only requires surgery in about 10% of the people that suffer from it.
Possible treatments include:
- Heat and cold pack
- Over the counter painkillers
- anti-inflammatory medications
- steroid injections
- nerve pain relief medications
- heat or cold therapy
- endoscopic discectomy
- Diskectomy – removal of the herniated disk or bone pushing on the sciatic nerve
- Laminectomy – removal of the lamina, or the roof of the spinal canal
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What’s the Best Way to Learn About Treatments for Sciatica?
Speaking with a trained sciatica doctor is the best method of learning more about possible treatments. Each cause and symptom is different and with proper consultation and diagnosis, a sciatica specialist at Downtown Pain Physicians will be able to direct you in the best way to move forward.
The information on this website is to provide general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive treatment advice. It is essential to consult a best-in-class pain management specialist in New York regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your pain doctor to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Raj Raval, M.D.
- Board Certified
- Interventional Pain & Musculoskeletal Medicine Specialist
Education & training
- SUNY Downstate PMR Residency
- Rutgers University Fellowship