Sciatica Specialist

Edwin F. Barry, DC, DABCO -  - Pain Management Physician

Avalon Laser Therapy

Edwin F. Barry, DC, DABCO

Pain Management Physician & Laser Therapy Specialist located in Voorhees, NJ

When patients from the Greater Philadelphia area experience sciatica, Dr. Barry provides innovative laser therapy treatments to address the symptoms as well as the root cause. Appointments are available at his practice, Avalon Laser Therapy, located in Voorhees, New Jersey.

Sciatica Q & A

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition affecting the sciatic nerve, which causes discomfort, tingling, and numbness in the lower back and legs as a result of an irritated sciatic nerve. Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in itself but is a symptom of other medical conditions including lumbar herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis. The pain typically originates in the lower back and then shoots down behind the thigh, possibly spreading down to the knee and ankle. It typically only affects one side of the body but can affect both legs. Since the sciatic nerve is the largest in the human body, when it is irritated, it causes severe discomfort. The pain is usually worse when sitting and can cause weakness and difficulty in functional movement. Sciatica is also known to present chronic pain on one side of the buttocks and with acute shooting pains which make it difficult for a patient to stand.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root or roots of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. The irritation can be a result of various issues including:

  • Degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs which can cause a herniated disc)
  • Infections in or near the lumbar spine
  • Injuries
  • Irritation caused by a nearby bone, tumor, or muscle
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back)
  • Pregnancy
  • Spondylolisthesis (one vertebra has slipped forward over another one)

Can MLS Laser Therapy Help Sciatica?

Sciatica is an ailment that often responds quickly to MLS Laser Therapy. Many patients will experience significant pain relief after just one treatment. After an examination to determine the cause of your sciatica, Dr. Barry will be able to estimate how many treatment sessions will be required to treat the cause of the problem. Dr. Barry will create a customized treatment plan to address each patient’s individual needs.