Sciatica

5th Avenue Chiropractic, PLLC

Chiropractors located in Midtown, New York, NY

It’s estimated that as many as 40% of adults experience the pain of sciatica at some point in their life. This pain develops when your sciatic nerve gets pinched or damaged. The back pain experts at 5th Avenue Chiropractic, with an office located in the Midtown West neighborhood of New York City, provides treatment for sciatica to alleviate your pinched nerve and your pain. Call the office today or request an appointment online to get relief from your sciatica.

Sciatica Q & A

What is the sciatic nerve?

Your sciatic nerve is a pencil-thick nerve that runs from your lumbar spine down through your buttocks and into your leg and foot on both sides of your body. It’s the largest and longest nerve in your body. Your sciatic nerve is responsible for stimulating the actions of the muscles and reflexes in your legs.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs when your sciatic nerve gets pinched, compressed, or damaged. With sciatica, you may feel pain along any part of the nerve.

The hallmark symptom of sciatica is pain, which can run part or all the way down the nerve, from your lower back, down through your hip and buttocks and into your leg and foot, on one side of your body. The pain may be a dull ache or an electric shock-like sensation. You may find that sitting for too long or coughing makes your pain worse.

What causes sciatica?

Most cases of sciatica occur when the nerve becomes pinched at the spine from a bone spur or a herniated disc. You may also develop sciatica if the nerve suffers damage from an underlying health condition such as diabetes or is compressed by a tumor.

Your risk of sciatica increases due to the degeneration of your spine that occurs as you age. Strenuous work that requires regular twisting of your back may also increase your risk of sciatica.

While you may be able to take care of a mild case of sciatica at home, the back pain experts at 5th Avenue Chiropractic can provide treatment to not only relieve your pain, but prevent a recurrence.

How can chiropractic care relieve my sciatica?

The chiropractic experts at 5th Avenue Chiropractic can relieve your sciatica through gentle spinal adjustments. Your adjustments improve spinal mobility to relieve the pressure on your nerve and alleviate pain.

The experts at 5th Avenue Chiropractic may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen your back and correct your posture to prevent a recurrence of your sciatica.  

Sciatica pain can keep you from your everyday activities. The spine experts at 5th Avenue Chiropractic can restore spine health and relieve your sciatica. Call the office today or request an appointment online.