Considering Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery In New Jersey? Here Are Some Facts and Benefits To Know

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When considering surgery as an option for successfully treating a back condition, it is important to understand the differences between surgeries to determine what option is best for you. Typically, surgery is only reserved for when conservative methods of treatment—such as medication or physical therapy—have failed to provide relief from pain and other symptoms.

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Is Sciatica Causing My Back Pain or Is It Something Else?

The term Sciatica is, as you noted below, is generally used as a general term for back pain into the buttock or leg. A true “sciatica” is from compression of the sciatic nerve which is a nerve composed by a number of spinal nerves, typically L3-S1. A true compression is from something like a piriformis syndrome whereas compression of one of the spinal nerves in the spine occurring from one of the conditions you list below.

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Is Your Foot Pain Caused By A Spine Problem?

In addition to bearing the weight of the entire body, our feet take a beating in a variety of ways. We may injure them in an accident or shove them into shoes that turn them into fashionable contortionists. We may also suffer from a medical condition such as arthritis or bursitis.

While the majority of our foot pain can be explained by any one of these issues, another potential source should be considered as well: the spine.

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