New York City Spine

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Manhattan Office

New York City Spine Surgery, PLLC
343 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
Call: 212-506-0240
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NJ Office

New York City Spine Surgery, PLLC
261 James Street, Suite 2G
Morristown,
NJ 07960
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Sciatica is a catchall term for symptoms brought on by compression of the sciatic nerve. Spine disorders such as herniated disc or spinal stenosis are what cause compression of the nerve. Understanding this is important, because management of the condition may involve surgical correction of the underlying disorder as well as nonsurgical treatment to alleviate symptoms.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It starts in the low back and travels downward behind the hip, through the buttocks and along the back of each leg. When the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed, numbness, burning and/or tingling sensations travel along the nerve pathways, causing considerable discomfort and sometimes affecting movement. Approximately 40 percent of adults experience this painful condition during their lifetime. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the body.

Depending upon the underlying disorder and degree of nerve compression, symptoms can range from mild to severe. Certain activities may make the pain worse, or the pain may only become noticeable after sitting or standing for long periods of time. Symptoms include:

  • Pain; dull ache to sharp or excruciating
  • Electric shock-like pain
  • Burning, numbness, tingling, pins-and-needles sensation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of bowel and/or bladder control* (uncommon)

*Loss of bowel and/or bladder control may be a symptom of cauda equina syndrome, a serious medical condition. If control is lost, seek medical care immediately.

Sciatica Causes
Certain spine disorders or medical conditions can put pressure on the sciatic nerve and/or pinch the nerve roots, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Spinal tumors
  • Muscle strain
  • Trauma

In some cases, we find no cause for sciatica, although there is evidence to suggest that a sedentary lifestyle, long-term tobacco use or alcohol abuse may contribute to its development.

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Hospital Affiliations

Outpatient Surgery Centers

Malo Surgery Center 201 Route 17 North 12th floor
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Phone: 201-549-8890
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Midtown Surgery Center 305 East 47th St.
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-751-2100
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Advanced Spine Surgery Center 855 Lehigh Ave,
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 908-557-9420
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Denville Surgery Center LLC3130 Route 10 West
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: 973-328-3475
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Daveed D. Frazier, MD is the medical director of New York City Spine Surgery PLLC and specializes in non-surgical and minimally invasive surgical treatments for back/neck pain and spine-related disorders. New York City Spine Surgery PLLC has 2 main locations in New York City and New Jersey with the main office located at 343 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019. Call 212-506-0240 for an appointment at either location. Fax 212-265-0739.