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Lumbar Radiculopathy, commonly referred to as Sciatica, Treatment NYC

Lumbar radiculopathy is a condition that generally ensues as a result of irritation of a spinal nerve, most commonly the sciatic nerve. 

An illustration of the Sciatic Nerve from WikipediaSince the sciatic nerve originates in the lower back and travels down the posterior part of each leg, lumbar radiculopathy is the common underlying issue in cases of low back pain. The symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy only manifest on one side of the body in most patients, and include steady low back pain, shooting pain signals down the buttock and leg, tingling, weakness, numbness, and loss of sensation and function in more severe, advanced cases.  This collection of symptoms is commonly referred to as sciatica.

Since the term sciatica refers exclusively to the symptoms of pain that the patient experiences, and not their cause; so it is not a diagnosis as much as an observable phenomena.  Lumbar radiculopathy is usually an effect of spinal trauma or dysfunction, predominantly due to disc herniation or spinal stenosis, which are typically the result of injury to the spine and can be caused by accidents, poor posture, deficient health, advanced age, and more.

The effects of compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve can fluctuate in intensity from mild discomfort to immobilizing pain, depending on the extent of trauma to the spine and nerve as well as the length of time the condition has been present. 

If not promptly treated, lumbar radiculopathy can severely affect normal nerve and bodily functions, including walking, sitting, standing, feeling, and range of motion.

Fortunately, lumbar radiculopathy can be diagnosed and reversed through effective non-surgical treatments in the vast majority of cases.  Dr. Steven Shoshany has successfully treated hundreds of patients in NYC suffering from differing levels of pain as a result of lumbar radiculopathy.

Dr. Shoshany utilizes the latest equipment and therapies to safely and promptly eliminate pain by correcting spinal imbalances.  With the use of the Cox® adjusting table and Active Release Techniques®, Dr. Shoshany employs the flexion-distraction technique to restore proper alignment to the spine and release pressure from affected discs and nerves.  Dr. Shoshany also provides his patented computer-assisted spinal decompression therapy, which allows for concise pain relief for patients with unyielding disc herniation issues.

Additionally, Dr. Shoshany’s state-of-the-art NYC physical rehabilitation facility offers supplemental treatments that will aid in healing and future injury prevention, including physical therapy, medical massage therapy, acupuncture, cold laser therapy, Graston Technique® soft-tissue mobilization, pain management, as well as home care remedies and tools for post-treatment maintenance, including the RelaxoBak™ comfort cushion, which relieves pressure in the lower back area and allows patients to comfortably sit without causing further lumbar pain.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shoshany, please call or contact us at 212-645-8151.

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