Most Sciatica Surgeries are Minimally Invasive Outpatient Procedures
Dr. Blumberg is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Imperial Point. He is the managing partner of Florida Spine Specialists, an integrated multi-disciplinary practice that combines patient education and rehabilitation with advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques for problems of the neck and back. His surgical expertise includes minimally invasive surgery for herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and scoliosis. He performs both lumbar and cervical artificial disc replacement, laminoplasty, kyphoplasty, X-Stop, minimally invasive spinal fusions and decompressions.
For more information on diagnosis and treatment of back and neck conditions, contact Dr. Blumberg at 954-492-3392.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, is a pain that originates along the sciatic nerve, which extends from the back of the pelvis down the back of the thigh. The sciatic nerve is the primary nerve of the leg. It is also the largest nerve in the entire body.
What causes sciatica?
Usually, sciatica is caused by a herniated disk in the spine that presses on the sciatic nerve. Other causes that may put pressure on the sciatic nerve may include the following:
• blood clot
• awkward sitting position
• any nerve disorders
Sometimes, a cause for the sciatica cannot be identified.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
The following are the most common symptoms of sciatica. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
• lower back pain that radiates down the buttock and back of one thigh
• pain that extends from the buttock down to the foot
• numbness (in severe cases)
• weakness (in severe cases)
The symptoms of sciatica may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult a physician for a diagnosis.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for sciatica may include the following:
• x-ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
• magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
Treatment for sciatica:
Specific treatment for sciatica will be determined by your physician based on:
• your age, overall health, and medical history
• extent of the disease
• your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
• expectations for the course of the disease
• your opinion or preference
Sciatica usually heals on its own with rest and time. To help relieve the pain, treatment may include:
• nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
• heat or cold applications to the sore muscles
• keep your body in motion (to minimize inflammation)
• surgery (to repair the herniated disk; if the condition persists)
Dr. Blumberg is in private practice and is the managing partner of the South Florida Spine Clinic, an integrated multi-disciplinary practice that combines patient education and rehabilitation with advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques for problems of the neck and back.
Born in Miami, Florida, Dr. Blumberg received his medical degree, with research distinction, from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He completed an internship in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, and a residency in orthopaedic surgery, also at the Medical College of Virginia.
Following his residency, Dr. Blumberg completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital & Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Blumberg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the North American Spine Society, the Florida Orthopaedic Society and the Caducean Society of Greater Fort Lauderdale, among others.
Dr. Blumberg limits his practice to diseases of the spine. His surgical expertise includes minimally invasive surgery for herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and scoliosis. He performs both lumbar and cervical artificial disc replacement, laminoplasty, kyphoplasty, X-Stop, minimally invasive spinal fusions and decompressions.
Kalman Blumberg, MD