Pain, Numbness, and Weakness in the Leg: Red Bank, NJ Pain Management

Pain, Numbness, and Weakness experienced in one or more legs represent a set of symptoms related to Sciatica. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation offers comprehensive programs of pain management and rehabilitation in order to alleviate the symptoms of sciatica while addressing the issues that cause the condition. Our Monmouth County rehabilitation office provides the following types of care:

Medical Care (including interventional pain management techniques such as Epidural Steroid Injections);

Physical Therapy for Sciatica;

Chiropractic Care and Lower Back Pain in Monmouth County; and

Acupuncture for Pain Relief.

Understanding Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve fiber in the body; it runs from the lower back and proceeds into the legs, innervating (supplying nerve sensation to) most of the lower back, buttock, back of the thigh, calf, and foot.

The sciatic nerve acts as a conduit between the legs and the brain in order to transmit sensory information about temperature, position, pain, pressure, etc. It also transmits nerve impulses to the muscles necessary for movement. When the sciatic nerve is affected by irritation or compression, these functions can be seriously compromised and any number of sensory and/or muscle dysfunctions may occur.

Some of the more common symptoms of sciatica include pain, numbness, and weakness in the leg. Some patients may also experience ‘shooting’ pains in the leg as well as muscle spasms, difficulty with coordination, and tingling.

Every sciatica patient experiences the condition differently. Some may find relief when at rest, while others will suffer with constant pain and disability whether they are moving, resting, sitting, or standing.

The sciatic nerve may become irritated, inflamed, or compressed due to a number of conditions. These include herniated or bulged spinal discs, spinal stenosis, arthritis, pregnancy, and degenerative disc disease, among others.

Red Bank, NJ Rehabilitation for Sciatica and Lower Back Pain, Leg Pain, Leg Numbness, and/or Weakness

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation directly treats sciatica by working to diagnose and treat the conditions that cause sciatica. We strongly believe that patients suffering from painful and/or disabling disorders recover best in a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation office. On a very basic level, the system of care in our Red Bank, NJ pain management facility allows patients to find all necessary treatment options—medical, physical therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture—in one location.

This type of care also allows patients to exhaust every possible non-surgical option for pain relief. It is a well-documented fact that many surgeries for lower back conditions are unnecessary and ineffective. At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, we don’t want patients who may not need surgical intervention to end up on the operating table simply because they weren’t aware of every possible rehabilitation/pain management option available.

For example, disc injuries—herniated or bulged spinal discs—are often the cause of sciatica (and therefore the cause of leg pain, numbness, and weakness). The following is a very basic list of some of the treatments provided in our office for disc problems:

Physical Therapy, including therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, ice and heat, electrotherapy, and ultrasound;
Spinal Decompression;
Acupuncture for pain relief, better circulation, and faster healing;
Medical Care, for accurate diagnoses and the creation of effective rehabilitation and pain management strategies; and
Interventional Pain Management Techniques such as Epidural Steroid Injections, Radiofrequency Ablation, and Discograms.

It’s important to obtain a correct diagnosis of the causes of numbness and muscle weakness before proceeding with plans of care. Our office provides a number of diagnostic tools to help us accurately pinpoint the culprit behind such symptoms. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation uses traditional X-Ray, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, and Electro-Diagnostic Nerve Testing.

Contact our Red Bank NJ rehabilitation and pain management office today to learn more about diagnosis and treatment for numbness in the leg, leg pain, and leg weakness for Monmouth County patients.