Shooting Pain Specialist

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Neurosurgery located in Englewood, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, West New York, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Ridgewood, NJ, & Bayonne, NJ

Shooting pain down your arms or legs can often be due to nerve compression in your spine. If you're having problems with shooting pain, the skilled team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine can help. At locations in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, they provide comprehensive treatments that address the underlying cause of your pain. To relieve shooting pain, call the Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Shooting Pain Q & A

What is shooting pain?

Shooting pain describes a type of pain that travels quickly from one part of your body to another, creating a line of pain that can be disabling in its intensity.

Shooting pain is a common symptom of nerve compression or damage, which is one of the leading causes of back and neck pain. Nerve compression in your spine is known as radiculopathy. Common causes of radiculopathy include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis¬†
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal fractures
  • Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)

A common cause of shooting pain is sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy. It occurs when the large sciatic nerve in your lower back comes under pressure and causes shooting pain that typically travels down one leg.

What treatments are available for shooting pain?

The team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine usually adopts conservative approaches initially, depending on the cause of your shooting pain. Treatments might include anti-inflammatory medications, activity modification, and various physical therapies.

These methods are often successful in relieving nerve pressure and resolving your symptoms. However, if they don't work for you, other non-surgical options include:

Spinal injections

Injections containing a steroid and a local anesthetic provide both short- and long-term relief from shooting pain.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation uses radio wave energy to create safe heat. Your provider at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine delivers the heat using a special needle that deactivates the nerves causing your shooting pain.

Spinal cord stimulation

A spinal cord stimulator is a device your provider implants under your skin. It transmits electrical impulses into your spine that interfere with the way your nerves send pain messages to your brain.

Would I need surgery if I have shooting pain?

Non-surgical treatments are generally effective in addressing shooting pain and its causes, so surgery isn't necessary for most people.

Should your shooting pain be severe and disabling but no other treatments are helping, surgery could become an option. The Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine team offers a range of surgeries that could ease your shooting pain, including:

  • Microdiscectomy
  • Discectomy and fusion
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Laminectomy and laminotomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Facetectomy

The type of surgery you require depends on the cause of your shooting pain and factors like your age, general health, and the location of the pain. If the problem is due to failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), you might need to undergo a procedure like revision lumbar surgery.

To find out what's causing your shooting pain and get the most appropriate treatment, call Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine today or book an appointment online.