Auto Accident Injury Program: Treatment for Sciatica in Monmouth County

Red Bank, NJ pain management and rehabilitation facility offers Medical Care, Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, and Chiropractic to help auto accident victims recover from the symptoms of Sciatica.

There are a number of common auto accident injuries that can cause the symptoms of sciatica. In fact, sciatica is simply a term used to describe a specific set of symptoms related to the compression or irritation of one of the five roots that make up the sciatic nerve, or of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can be caused by the trauma of an auto accident. For example, some auto accident victims experience herniated or bulged discs; this condition can affect the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica may be experienced as pain in the lower back, buttock, leg, or foot. Other common symptoms are muscle weakness, numbness, or tingling.

The first step in the treatment process for sciatica after an auto accident is a full examination and diagnosis. At our Red Bank, NJ pain management office, the diagnostic and treatment process is coordinated by our Medical Director, a Medical Doctor specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This pain management doctor will then create a personalized rehabilitation program that might include physical therapy, acupuncture, and/or chiropractic care (depending on each patient’s needs).

The pain management and rehabilitation process for auto accident injuries and sciatica is simplified at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation because our office has an in-house staff of practitioners in each of the following fields: medical care for pain management; physical therapy; acupuncture; massage therapy; and chiropractic.

Treatment for sciatica and other auto accident injuries is designed to be as conservative and minimally invasive as possible. This type of care relies on the healthiest practices to relieve pain. In some cases, patients are unable to use physical therapy or other treatment options due to severe, restrictive pain. In many medical offices, the next step is often surgery; this is not the case at Monmouth Pain and Rehab. When patients experience immobilizing pain, our physician may instead perform one of a number of minimally invasive procedures to reduce pain and inflammation.

For example, Epidural Steroid Injections deliver a combination of a long-lasting corticosteroid and/or anesthetic into the epidural space; this technique helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the spinal nerves. The overall goal of this strategy is to provide a temporary pain solution in order to enable patients to benefit from physical therapy and other rehabilitation practices.

Physical Therapy and Sciatica

After a complete diagnosis, a program of rehabilitation through physical therapy is often recommended. Physical therapy for auto accident injuries/sciatica might include a number of treatment options, both active (exercise) and passive (massage, for example). Some of the physical therapy techniques used at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation are outlined below:

Exercise: Therapeutic exercise helps sciatica and auto accident injury patients reduce pain, build strength, and increase flexibility. To increase the effectiveness of therapeutic exercise, our facility also incorporates PowerPlate technology. This machine uses vibration to increase circulation to restore the damaged tissues and muscles of the body.

• Massage: Deep tissue massage relieves the tension in the lower back that may be exacerbating sciatica symptoms.

• Ultrasound: Ultrasound eases pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and cramping by reaching deep into the muscle tissues with sound waves.

• Cold/Heat Therapies: These may be used alternately to reduce inflammation and pain while increasing circulation to assist the healing process.

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation also incorporates Low Level Laser Therapy as well as Electrotherapy.

Acupuncture and Sciatica

Acupuncture is an ancient technique that has very real modern-day effects. Through the stimulation of certain points on the body, acupuncture induces the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkilling chemicals. Acupuncture also enhances serotonin levels; serotonin improves mood and relieves stress while helping to interrupt pain signals. By improving circulation, acupuncture also assists in the healing process.

Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica

In some cases, the trauma of an auto accident can cause misalignments in the spine that lead to sciatica symptoms. Chiropractic care can alleviate pressure on spinal nerves by correcting these misalignments through gentle adjustment. At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, our Chiropractic Doctors have incorporated a type of chiropractic care known as Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), which focuses on the overall positioning and health of the spine.

The pain, numbness, and tingling experienced by sciatica sufferers can be addressed through chiropractic care—a treatment that is non-invasive, drug-free, and effective.

Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

If you have recently experienced an auto accident and suspect you are suffering from sciatica (or any other painful condition), contact our Red Bank, NJ pain management office today.