Sciatica Specialist

Downtown Pain Management

Board Certified Physician located in Red Bank, Hoboken, and Manalapan, NJ

If you have pain, numbness, or tingling that runs from your low back into the buttocks and down the back of either leg, that may be sciatica. Ron Ben-Meir, DO, FAAPMR, treats acute and chronic sciatica pain at three Downtown Pain Management locations in Red Bank and Hoboken, New Jersey. For state-of-the-art sciatica treatment, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is pain along the sciatic nerve. This large nerve branches from your low back and travels through your hips, buttocks, and down each leg. Sciatica usually affects one side of your body, but it’s possible for it to occur in both legs.

Most people find relief from sciatica with lifestyle and home remedies, such as hot and cold packs, stretching exercises, and over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen. If your sciatica pain is severe or home remedies aren’t effective, Dr. Ben-Meir can help.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying problem, not a condition in and of itself. The most common cause of sciatica is a compressed nerve in your lower spine.

Several conditions can cause a pinched nerve, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs from osteoarthritis
  • Spinal injury
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Piriformis syndrome

Rarely, sciatica results from a tumor pressing on a nerve or from nerve damage that results from a disease like diabetes.

How do I know if I have sciatica?

Sciatica is common, affecting as many as 40% of all people at some point in life. You may have sciatica if you have low back pain that radiates through the buttocks and down the back of your thigh and calf.

Sciatica pain can vary from a dull ache to a sharp, burning sensation. You may feel a jolt like an electric shock at times. Some people also experience numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in their leg or foot.

The best way to find out if you have sciatica is to schedule an appointment at Downtown Pain Management. Dr. Ben-Meir uses advanced electrodiagnostic tests like electromyography (EMG) to confirm a pinched nerve.

What sciatica treatments are available?

After he confirms a diagnosis, Dr. Ben-Meir creates an individualized treatment plan. He offers a variety of noninvasive pain management procedures right in the office, such as:

  • Selected nerve root injections
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Epidural nerve blocks

He may also recommend physical therapy, medications, and alternative therapies like acupuncture, yoga, and chiropractic care. If you continue to experience sciatic pain despite treatment, surgery may be necessary.

For patient-centered care of sciatica, call Downtown Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.