Medical Care/Pain Management for Back Pain Associated with Sciatica
The medical doctor at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is a pain management expert that specializes in treating the many causes of sciatica. The first step in any sciatica treatment plan is a full orthopedic and neurological examination to determine the exact cause of sciatica symptoms. From there, our Medical Director works to create a plan of pain management and rehabilitation that may include any of the following treatment modalities:
• Physical Therapy
• Spinal Decompression Traction
• Chiropractic Care
In some cases, lower back pain caused by sciatica can be debilitating, making it impossible for patients to take advantage of physical therapy and other conservative treatment options. It is in these situations that Epidural Steroid Injections are used.
An Epidural Steroid Injection is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces inflammation and pain in the spinal nerves (including the sciatic nerve). This practice delivers a combination of a long-lasting corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent to the spinal nerve through the epidural space. The epidural space is the area between the protective covering of the spinal cord and vertebrae. This strategy is a temporary pain solution that helps patients to benefit from the treatment options listed above.