Sciatica is a nerve pain condition that causes radiating pain down the back of your leg. Dr. Jack Schtierman, Dr. Gregg Pressman, and the team at 5th Avenue Chiropractic NYC on Broadway and 39th in Midtown Manhattan use gentle spinal adjustments to treat sciatica and reduce pain for patients throughout New York City. Don’t let your sciatica keep you from enjoying your daily activities. Call 5th Avenue Chiropractic NYC, or schedule a consultation online today.
Sciatica occurs when your sciatic nerve is pinched, irritated, or damaged.
The sciatic nerve is a pencil-thick nerve that runs from your lumbar spine down through your buttocks, into the back of your leg, and to your foot on both sides of the body. This nerve provides sensory information and controls muscle movement in the leg.
The pinching and irritation may occur at any part of the nerve and, when left untreated, may cause permanent nerve damage.
Though sciatica may cause lower back pain, the pain is more severe in the leg.
Sciatica symptoms include tingling, numbness, or burning sensations that radiate from your lower back into your leg. You may notice that your pain worsens after sitting or standing for a long time, and sudden movements may cause jolts of pain.
Sciatica symptoms may come and go or occur constantly. Sciatica symptoms may resolve over time, but they may recur.
Most people develop sciatica from pinching or compression of the spinal nerve root as it exits the spine from a bone spur or herniated disc. You can also develop sciatica from an underlying health condition that damages the nerve, such as diabetes or a tumor.
You’re at greater risk of developing sciatica as you get older because of age-related degenerative changes to the spine. Taking care of your sciatica when you first have pain may prevent it from returning.
The team at 5th Avenue Chiropractic NYC conducts a thorough evaluation when you come in with sciatica symptoms to determine the cause. They listen to your story and ask about your symptoms and the activities that make them worse.
The team performs a physical exam, paying close attention to your spine, and may request X-rays to determine the exact cause of your pain.
Treatment that can improve your sciatica includes:
The team at 5th Avenue Chiropractic NYC collaborates with you when developing your plan, ensuring you’re getting the right treatment and the best outcomes.
The spine specialists at 5th Avenue Chiropractic NYC can help you get relief from your sciatica and prevent a recurrence. Call or schedule an appointment online today.