Radiculopathy Treatment for Sciatica – Options Available in Freehold, NJ
Radiculopathy treatment can address painful symptoms that result from the compression, irritation, or inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which is located at the base of the spine. In addition to pain, these symptoms, which are collectively known as sciatica, can include muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations that radiate from the lower back through one or both legs. A full range of radiculopathy treatment options – both conservative and surgical – is available at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ.
The first step toward finding relief from sciatica is determining the root cause. Because sciatic nerve compression – and the resulting radiculopathy – can have many underlying causes, effective treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis. For instance, after performing a physical examination and evaluating the results of imaging studies, a physician may identify a problematic spinal bone spur, bulging or herniated disc, or inflamed facet joint.
After pinpointing the underlying cause of sciatica, the physicians at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold can recommend an appropriate radiculopathy treatment plan, which may include:
- Physical therapy, including stretching and strengthening exercises
- Hot and cold therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Muscle relaxants
- Epidural steroid injections
If the pain is excruciating, disabling, or accompanied by a loss of bladder or bowel function (a medical emergency), surgical treatment may be necessary. The board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeons at Spine Care New Jersey are experienced in performing the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive outpatient procedures, to address the underlying structural issues that can cause sciatica.
To learn more about radiculopathy treatment options for sciatica, contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule an appointment at our office in Freehold, NJ.