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One of the largest nerves in the body, the sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and travels behind the hip joint, through the buttocks, and along the back of each leg down to the feet. Branches of the sciatic nerve provide movement and feeling to the hips and lower extremities.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the term used to describe a radiculopathy affecting the sciatic nerve. A radiculopathy occurs when nerve root(s) in the spine are pinched or compressed, resulting in radiating electrical pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the distribution of that nerve.

Sciatica Treatment


Typically, sciatica only affects one side of the body, although it may also occur in both legs simultaneously. The classic symptom is shooting or burning pain felt in the buttock and down the back of the thigh.

  • Pain ranging from mild to severe
  • Burning, numbness or tingling that travels a linear path
  • Pain aggravated by coughing, sitting, squatting
  • Loss of feeling and/or weakness in the legs* (rare)
  • Loss of bowel and/or bladder control* (rare)

*Although uncommon, sciatica can cause cauda equina syndrome. Symptoms may include loss of bowel or bladder control and/or pain, weakness, or loss of feeling in one or both legs. This is a medical emergency. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to be seen by a physician immediately.

How Long is the Recovery from Sciatica?

Recovery from sciatica can take several months, sometimes even longer. It can often be treated with specifically tailored combinations of activity modification, medical management and physical therapy. As a patient, you may invest considerable time into your recovery. It is smart to also invest in a doctor who can pull from many excellent resources to help bring you relief as soon as possible.

Will I Need Surgery?

Non-operative care is always our goal with surgery as the last resort. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Stieber offers several solutions including the minimally invasive microscopic discectomy, a procedure that can decompress the nerve root or roots and spinal cord, so you can quickly return to normal living and mobility. The same doctor you are seeing for your sciatica diagnosis and treatment is the same doctor who will perform surgery if necessary. You avoid the paperwork for a specialist referral and you continue your relationship with the doctor you’ve come to trust and respect: Dr. Stieber.


Dr. Stieber’s broad knowledge and experience weighs in on all aspects of your condition. Nervous system issues can have may contributory causes, all of which must be addressed correctly to produce the optimal outcome. Compression or pinching of neurological structures can radiate symptoms far from the source. You may not require surgery and, as often as it may happen, sciatica relief may be more easily treated than you realize – meet with us.

& Recovery Time

More often than not, patients with sciatica can be treated successfully with a combination of activity modification, physical therapy, and medical management. Surgery is seldom required. Dr. Stieber works closely with other highly skilled medical professionals, utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach in order to deliver the very best care possible. Recovery from sciatica can take several months or longer.

For those patients who ultimately require surgical treatment, Dr. Stieber offers advanced expertise and a variety of treatment options including endoscopic discectomy and minimally-invasive microscopic discectomy.

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Topical analgesics
  • Short-term rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

Why Choose Dr. Stieber for Sciatica Treatment?

Dr. Stieber is internationally recognized as a leading orthopedic specialist specifically focused on advanced, minimally and non-invasive solutions to spinal disorders including sciatica pain. Dr. Stieber, his NYC team of experienced professionals are known for their compassionate care, their ability to identify the underlying cause and effectively treat the most complex back and spine issues.

Some of the reasons you should make Dr. Stieber your first choice in restoring a pain-free life:

  • All treatment options are based on latest research and techniques. Dr. Stieber understands how to adapt these advanced procedures to resolve complex sciatica issues with the least invasive, most effective treatment.
  • Dr. Stieber’s office includes enhanced concierge services tailored to your specific needs. We know that problems with the spine and the pain and anxiety they bring is no light matter. Having a compassionate, knowledgeable and efficient team working with you can go a long way to making your journey to recovery smoother and more comfortable.
  • Our facility features state-of-the-art equipment including an onsite X-Ray for immediate access during diagnostic, treatment, and recovery phases.
  • Dr. Stieber is a leader in his field. He is active as a lecturer and instructor of medical students, residents and fellows at the prestigious Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the NYU School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Stieber specializes in minimally invasive solutions that effectively treat sciatica symptoms. However, the doctor is also highly skilled in the most current and advanced surgical techniques and emerging technologies. In fact, he “wrote the book” on several chapters of spinal surgery that have been published and reviewed by his peers.

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