Sciatica and Sciatica Nerve Pain Treatment - NYC
Sciatica and sciatic nerve pain
are common complaints in adults, though the term actually refers to a set of symptoms rather than a specific diagnosis. A variety of soft tissue and disc disorders may be the underlying cause of sciatica pain that travels through the lower back
, buttocks, hip
, thigh, and leg. Sciatica relief is often elusive and flare-ups can occur at any time. Sciatica may also be used to describe back pain during pregnancy
Dr. Nemirovsky is a highly trained spinal specialist
who conducts comprehensive physical and chiropractic exploration of sciatic nerve pain location and triggers. Using sciatica symptoms and lifestyle factors as a road map, he can expertly diagnose the exact, systemic causes of pain.
Sciatica Pain Symptoms
Most often, sciatic pain
is described as a persistent burning pain or tingling feeling of pins and needles that localizes in the hip, buttocks, and thigh. It is very common, however, for sciatica pain to radiate down the back of one leg into the calf and foot as it travels the path of the sciatic nerve. Numbness, weakening, and muscle spasm often compound sciatic nerve pain.
Sciatica sufferers experience an inability to get comfortable particularly when sitting and sleeping, and may feel like they’re constantly changing position to try to alleviate the pain. Prolonged sitting worsens the discomfort, and bending or sudden movement can exacerbate symptoms. Often, pain is most severe at night.
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It begins at the lower back and runs down branching out through the buttocks, leg, and foot. Sciatica is a general term used to describe nerve pain symptoms in these areas caused by spinal imbalances, muscle spasms, and disc or nerve damage.
What Causes Sciatica?
Proper diagnosis of the root of your sciatic pain is critical to resolving it. Sciatic nerve pain is the result of irritation and inflammation caused by compression on the sciatic nerve at the lumbar or lower spine.
Many women experience sciatica symptoms toward the latter part of their pregnancies. Pressure on the sciatic nerve may be the result of changes in posture or pressure from the growing baby as it moves into birth position.
While general wear and tear on the spine is most often the cause of sciatica, there are specific conditions that present as sciatic nerve pain:
- Degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis
- Herniated disc, bulging disc, or slipped disc
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Muscle spasms in hip and buttocks
- Neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage from injury or infection
- Pinched nerve
- Piriformis syndrome
- Spinal and pelvic misalignments
Treating Sciatica and Sciatica Nerve Pain
While sciatica suffers often experience debilitating pain
, the good news is that conservative treatment is highly effective in speeding recovery and easing discomfort. Dr. Nemirovsky will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your pain and mobility, with particular emphasis on the time of day and activities that cause the most pain.
Entrusting your care to Dr. Nemirovsky early on will significantly minimize the length of your sciatic discomfort. There is no need to prolong suffering while you “wait out” the pain or mask it with medication. In fact, delaying treatment can cause long-term nerve damage.
Dr. Nemirovsky uses a combination approach to physical therapy and chiropractic care to reestablish spine alignment and back-supporting muscle strength, while focusing on soft-tissue mobilization of the affected muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
To achieve optimal spine function, Dr. Nemirovsky may include these other hands-on treatments:
- Support your spine whenever possible with the right office chair, back pillow, mattress, and bed pillow
- Minimize stress on your spine and hips with regular movement and stretching exercises
- Exercise regularly and stay active
- Seek conservative treatment at the onset of sciatic nerve pain