TREATMENT OF SPINAL DISORDERS: SCIATICA
Renowned NJ orthopedic surgeon Robert A. Kayal is an expert in the treatment of chronic and degenerative spinal disorders, including sciatica. Sciatica is caused by pressure to the sciatic nerve, and symptoms include weakness, tingling and pain that radiates from one buttock down the leg.
What is Sciatica?
It is important to note that sciatica is not, in itself, a diagnosis. Instead, it is a symptom of another medical condition, such as piriformis syndrome, herniated disc, pelvic injury or spinal stenosis.
Severity of sciatic pain varies, ranging from mild pins and needles to a severe burning sensation that impedes movement. It may become especially debilitating after sitting or standing for prolonged periods, or during activity and bending. While anyone may experience sciatica symptoms, risk factors include:
- Age: As people age, the spine undergoes varying levels of degeneration. Since sciatica is a common symptom of spinal degeneration, older people are more at risk for the problem.
- Weight: Overweight patients are more likely to experience sciatica due to increased spinal stress.
- Diabetes: Because of disease-related nerve damage, diabetics are more prone to sciatica symptoms.
- Activity level: More active individuals are less likely to have sciatica, since it is exacerbated by sedentary lifestyles and prolonged periods of sitting.
The orthopedic spine specialists at Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of sciatica symptoms and its underlying causes. After checking your reflexes and muscle strength during a thorough physical exam, Dr. Kayal and his team will determine whether imaging such as x-rays, MRIs or CT scans are required. Many cases of sciatica resolve themselves with time and self-care, which may include rest, ice/moist heat, massage, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, and firm support during sleeping and sitting.
Physician-supported sciatica treatment varies, depending upon the underlying cause of your pain. The Kayal Orthopaedic team may recommend physical therapy, acupuncture, prescription opioids or muscle relaxers. In some cases, cortisone injections or spine surgery may be appropriate.
Contact a Bergen County Sciatica Specialist
With convenient office locations in Ridgewood, NJ and Franklin Lakes, NJ, the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC treat sciatica patients from Bergen County, Essex County, Passaic County, and Hudson County. Learn more about sciatica symptoms and their root causes by visiting our patient information center, or by contacting us to schedule an appointment!