Sciatica can be a mild, dull pain or a crippling one. If you have White Plains sciatica, come and see Dr. Andrew Casden for pain relief. Dr. Andrew Casden is a leading White Plains orthopedist. He is experienced in both traditional and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. His compassionate and comprehensive approach takes each patient’s lifestyle and expectations into account when prescribing treatment options and his approach focuses on offering the most sensible choices for each patient. Named a Top Doctor by US News and one of New York’s Best Doctors by New York Magazine, Dr. Casden treats both children and adults at his position at the Mount Sinai Hospital. His services include minimally invasive spinal surgery, treating sciatica, disc replacement, revision spinal surgery, spinal fusion, scoliosis, and treatment of degenerative spinal diseases including herniated discs and spinal stenosis.
Sciatica, also called lumbar radiculopathy, is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. The pain from sciatica can range from a constant, dull pain to a debilitating condition. Most of sciatica symptoms result from lower back disorders between the L4 (fourth lumbar vertebra) and S1 (first sacral) levels that put pressure on or cause irritation to a lumbar nerve root. Depending on where the sciatic nerve roots are compressed, symptoms may be felt in different areas of the leg and into the foot. Most commonly, sciatica is caused by a disc problem, such as a herniated disc that is pressing against a nerve root. It can also occur when a disc degenerates, which releases inflammatory proteins that irritate the adjacent nerve. There are also times when hypertonic hip muscles, most often the lateral hip rotator piriformis muscle, compress the sciatic nerve resulting in sciatica pain. Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body. They may include a combination of leg and foot pain, weakness, tingling or numbness. To treat your White Plains sciatica, your best chance of recovery is with Dr. Andrew Casden.
When sciatica is caused my a herniated disc, White Plains sciatica treatment offers several options. Many herniated discs heal without surgical intervention. Rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and maybe an epidural steroid injection may alleviate the pain from the irritated nerve root. Surgical treatment may be necessary if the symptoms do not improve with time or if significant weakness is present. A minimally invasive technique called microdiscectomy permits the surgeon to remove the pieces of the disc causing the pressure on the nerve. Pain relief is often immediate and the patient leaves the hospital the same day. Don’t suffer with sciatica any longer. Call for an appointment today.