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Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your feet to your hips, becomes irritated and inflamed, causing pain and often numbness in the leg. The condition usually only lasts four to six weeks, but, in some cases, it can persist for a longer period. Those with severe sciatica—who experience significant leg weakness or bladder/bowel changes—could require surgical intervention.
Reduce your risk.
It’s important to understand the underlying medical cause behind sciatica, as effective treatment will focus primarily on addressing the pain’s root cause as well as improving acute symptoms. The condition usually only affects one side of the body.
Common causes include:
Herniated disc: Occurs when the soft inner material of the disc leaks out through the fibrous outer core and irritates the nerve root.
Pinpoint your pain.
With sciatica, pain severity varies from a mild ache to an excruciating burning sensation that restricts movement. Some patients report exacerbated discomfort when they are static for a long period, bent down or engaging in walking, running or weight lifting.
Possible sciatica symptoms include:
You may also have back pain, but it won’t be as bad as the pain in your buttocks, legs or feet.
Get the answers you need.
The sciatica doctors at Kayal Pain & Spine Center—based in Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock and Westwood—specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of sciatica and its root causes. After performing a thorough physical exam, one of our doctors may recommend X-rays, MRIs or CT scans.
Life’s too short to put up with pain.
Milder cases of sciatica usually resolve themselves with rest, ice and over-the-counter medication. In some cases, you may need your sciatica doctor at Kayal Pain & Spine Center to treat you with cortisone shots, physical therapy or even minimally invasive surgery. These minimally invasive procedures expedite the healing process, leave little scarring and allow you to resume regular activities faster than conventional surgery options. If you’re in the Westwood area and suffering from sciatica, choose Kayal Pain & Spine Center.