Sciatica Specialist

Bergen Pain & Rehab

Anna Lee, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Dr. Anna Lee of Bergen Pain & Rehab has helped many men and women from in and around Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, find lasting relief from sciatica. In many cases, her innovative A-IMS® treatment is the only thing that’s worked after years of trying other approaches. If you’ve suffered through ineffective treatment and are looking for a new approach, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee online or call the office.


What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a type of back pain that occurs when your sciatic nerve is irritated. It can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms sometimes mimic those of other conditions.

Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your lower back down through your hips and buttocks, and then down your legs and into your feet. If the pressure is placed on any portion of that nerve, you’ll feel it.


What causes sciatica?

One of the most common causes is a herniated disc in your lower spine. Each of your vertebrae is cushioned by a flexible, flat disc made of connective tissue. Over time those discs can wear down, or become damaged through injury.

That can cause the softer tissue in the center of the disc to bulge from the outer, tougher layer of tissue. Because your disc is now expanding outside of its normal position, it can place pressure on your sciatic nerve, leading to pain.


Am I at risk of sciatica?

Anyone can develop sciatica, but there are certain risk factors that elevate your chances of the condition. These include:

  • Age between 30-50
  • Excess weight
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Occupation involving prolonged sitting or heavy lifting

You could also develop sciatica if you’re involved in an accident that places excess pressure or stress on your spine.


What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The most common symptom is a pain in your lower back that radiates to your legs. The pain can be sharp and severe, or might just be a mild ache. Additional symptoms felt in your legs and feet include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

If you notice these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee to explore treatment options.


How can A-IMS treat sciatica pain?

Intramuscular stimulation can help relax knotted muscle tissue that places pressure on your sciatic nerve. During treatment, Dr. Lee uses her patented A-IMS system to move the treatment needles in and out of the targeted area very rapidly.

With traditional IMS, each needle is manually inserted and removed. That process takes significantly longer than the automated option, and if the needle encounters a particularly tough area of muscle tissue, it can bend.

Dr. Lee’s A-IMS technique allows her to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time, helping you move beyond sciatica pain and get back to your normal routine. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible to get started.


Sciatica Testimonials

Charles Driben

“I am a veterinarian.  I lead a very active life. I woke up one day with pain that radiated from my buttocks or the lower buttocks down primarily my right leg through the hamstring muscles, the back of my right leg and the side, down the lateral side of the tibia down to the ankle. My lumbar spine MRI showed a large disc herniation at L4-5 with 3 bulging discs. After receiving the A-IMS treatment, I’ve been pain free now for over several years. I am not limited in any way, I have not missed any work and I feel fine and I don’t have even the slightest bit of a twinge.” Anybody that would have this type of pain in the back or the neck, I would certainly recommend that they talk to Dr. Lee, be evaluated by Dr. Lee before they enable anybody to do anything more radical."