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10 Quick Facts About Sciatica

Sciatica is common, affecting 10% to 40% of the population.1 Despite it being commonplace, many myths and misconceptions persist and, in turn, make it hard for people with sciatica to get better. Sciatica arises when a part of the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated. Watch: Sciatica Causes and Symptoms Video Here are 10 definitive facts about sciatica to quickly get you up to speed: 1. Sciatica overlaps with multiple diagnoses The medical term for sciatica is lumbar
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Your Sciatic Nerve Will Thank You if You Do These 2 Things

The term sciatica is often used to refer to leg pain originating from the spinal nerves in the lower back. Here are 2 uniquely important remedies that almost everyone can benefit from—they help relieve sciatica in the short term and prevent future recurrences. Explore several treatments that can be used to relieve sciatica pain. Watch Sciatica Treatment Video  1. Avoid prolonged rest and start a structured, progressive exercise routine. While it seems counterintuitive to recommend staying
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Occipital Neuralgia: What It Is and How to Treat It

Occipital neuralgia is a painful condition that occurs when the occipital nerves that run from the top of your spine to your scalp are compressed or irritated. Occipital neuralgia is a painful condition that causes neck pain and is often accompanied by a headache. Read What Is Causing My Neck Pain and Headache? Occipital neuralgia symptoms and causes Video: What is Neuralgia? If you have occipital neuralgia, you may experience one or more of these symptoms:
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How to Use Ice to Cool Down Your Sciatica Symptoms

When red-hot sciatica pain sears down your leg, using ice therapy can be uniquely effective in immediately soothing the pain. Read more about Sciatica Symptoms Sciatica treatments typically focus on the underlying condition causing your symptoms. See Sciatica Treatment The key is to know when and how to use ice therapy for the best results: Use ice therapy as soon as your pain starts Ice or cold therapy is recommended when your sciatica is acute or flares
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How Cervical Radiculopathy Causes Pain, Numbness, and Weakness

The term cervical radiculopathy refers to a change in neurological function caused by a compressed spinal nerve root in the neck. Common symptoms associated with cervical radiculopathy include one or more of the following: Radicular pain that radiates into the arm Pins-and-needles tingling Numbness that travels down the arm Weakness that may involve different muscles of the arm Here’s why it happens and how to find relief. Read more about Cervical Radiculopathy Symptoms When spinal structures irritate the
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How Massage Can Ease Sciatic Pain

Massage therapy provides a promising way to help ease your sciatica pain1 through a combination of: Relaxing tight muscles Improving blood circulation2 Reducing stress2 Fostering a better healing environment2 Massage therapy is a commonly overlooked treatment for sciatic pain. Learn more: Sciatica Treatment The specific benefits of massage on the tissues of your lower back, guidance on finding a good massage therapist, and simple tips for self-administered massages are highlighted below. The effects of massage on nerves and

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When Do Epidural Steroid Injections Work for Back Pain?

When Do Epidural Steroid Injections Work for Back Pain? For most people with back pain, surgery is recommended only after all other options have been exhausted. A common nonsurgical approach to pain relief is epidural steroid injections, which help reduce inflammation around your spinal cord and spinal nerves. They are primarily intended for temporary pain relief, but steroid injections coupled with therapeutic exercise may allow patients to postpone or even avoid surgery altogether. Watch: Epidural
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Is Piriformis Syndrome the Same Thing as Sciatica?

Is Piriformis Syndrome the Same Thing as Sciatica? If you have ever experienced pain, tingling, and/or numbness along your sciatic nerve, you have likely heard the terms piriformis syndrome and sciatica. While these two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, piriformis syndrome and sciatica are not the same and differ in terms of causes, symptoms, and treatments. The underlying causes are different Both sciatica and piriformis syndrome can cause symptoms in your lower back, buttock, and/or
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What Is Cervical Radiculopathy?

Cervical radiculopathy is the clinical description of when a nerve root in the cervical spine becomes inflamed or damaged, resulting in a change in neurological function. Neurological deficits, such as numbness, altered reflexes, or weakness, may radiate anywhere from the neck into the shoulder, arm, hand, or fingers. Pins-and-needles tingling and/or pain, which can range from achy to shock-like or burning, may also radiate down into the arm and/or hand. Cervical radiculopathy refers to a change in
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Brachial Neuritis (Parsonage-Turner Syndrome)

Brachial neuritis is a condition in which at least part of the brachial plexus—a group of nerves that run from the neck and upper back through the shoulder—becomes inflamed and typically causes severe shoulder pain. While the intense pain usually subsides within a few days, it is commonly followed by some numbness and weakness in the arm and/or shoulder that may take many months or longer before significantly recovering. See Could That Shoulder Pain Really Stem
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All About the C2-C5 Spinal Motion Segments

The C2-C5 spinal motion segments comprise three individual segments: C2-C3, C3-C4, and C4-C5. This group of motion segments starts with the C2 vertebra near the top of the cervical spine and ends in the mid-cervical spine at the C5 vertebra. The C2-C5 motion segments contribute the most to the mid-range of motion during the neck’s forward and/or backward movements. C4-C5 is typically more mobile compared to other motion segments between C2-C5.1 The lower cervical spine

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Electromyogram and Nerve Conduction Study Video

Watch the video Electromyograms and nerve conduction studies are diagnostic tests that help determine whether the muscles or the nerves are responsible for causing symptoms. The results of the electromyogram and nerve conduction study guide a doctor towards the correct type of treatment for a patient. Categories Ankle and foot pain Ankle and foot pain article Ankle and foot pain video Articles Back Pain Back pain article Back pain video condition we treat Degenerated discs
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Video

Watch the video Video Transcript Carpal tunnel syndrome reflects a clinical diagnosis that involves one of the three main nerves in the arm. The median nerve is a nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel, which is located right here. The carpal tunnel itself houses the flexor tendons of the hand as well the fingers, the thumb, and the median nerve—the nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel. Typically a patient will present with complaints
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Video: What is Fibromyalgia?

Watch the video Video Transcript Fibromyalgia is a disorder that’s characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain that is usually accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. Now, historically, fibromyalgia was a diagnosis that was given when it wasn't clear, truly, what the true diagnosis was. In fact, a lot of doctors didn't believe in the diagnosis as a true diagnosis. It was more of "We don't know what is going on, so this is probably
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Treatment for Neuropathic Pain Video

Watch the video In This Article: Treatment Options for Neuropathic Pain Physical and Occupational Therapy Offer Benefits for Neuropathic Pain Medications for Neuropathic Pain Spinal Cord Stimulators and Pain Pumps: Implantable Systems for Neuropathy Therapeutic Nerve Blocks for Neuropathy Additional Treatments for Neuropathic Pain Treatment for Neuropathic Pain Video Video Transcript Treatment is aimed at relieving any kind of offending force on the nerve itself, now whether it’s compression or anything that’s affecting the nerve
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Causes of Neuropathic Pain Video

Watch the video In This Article: All About Neuropathy And Chronic Back Pain Understanding Neuropathy Symptoms Anatomy Of Nerve Pain Types of Back Pain Causes of Neuropathic Pain Video Video: Understanding Different Types of Back Pain Video Transcript Neuropathic pain differs from other types of pains. And in order to start talking about neuropathic pain, it's important to remember what pain actually is. So, nociceptive pain, or pain that we sense usually, is nerves transmitting

What truly sets the Princeton Spine and Joint Center apart is uncompromising dedication to the individual. With principles of respect, excellence, integrity and professionalism, we work with you to diagnose your problem, ease your pain, and help you resume your active, pain-free life.

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