Sciatica and sciatic nerve pain are common complaints in adults, but 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 because flare-ups can occur at any time. Sciatica may also be used to describe back pain during pregnancy.
If you're suffering from pain resulting from sciatica, there is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical pain relief solution. Manhattan Sports Therapy specializes in helping all patients, from high-performance athletes to everyday people, achieve maximum flexibility and function without pain. Our head physician, Dr. Rolland Nemirovsky, is passionate about giving people a second chance to live active, pain-free lives.
As a highly-trained spinal specialist who conducts comprehensive physical and chiropractic exploration of sciatic nerve pain location and triggers, Dr. Nemirovsky helps his patients find true, genuine pain relief. Using sciatica symptoms and lifestyle factors as a road map, he can expertly diagnose the exact, systemic causes of pain*--addressing the root of the problem, not just the 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 make sciatic nerve pain worse.
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. Unfortunately, the pain is most severe at night.
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 sciatica suffers often experience debilitating pain, the good news is that conservative treatment is highly effective in speeding recovery and easing discomfort. 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 of 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.