Since 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 and sciatic pain.
What is 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 with sciatica in NYC, from those suffering from differing levels of pain as a result of lumbar radiculopathy, to severe cases of sciatica, NYC patients as a successful attempt to avoid back surgery.
NYC chiropractor Dr. Shoshany utilizes the latest equipment and therapies to safely and promptly treat sciatic 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 is a chiropractor for sciatica that 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 chiropractic clinic treats sciatica in his NYC chiropractor clinic and offer physical rehabilitation in its Lower Manhattan wellness facility. The NYC Chiropractic Clinic for Spinal Decompression offers supplemental treatments that will aid in healing sciatic pain symptoms and prevent future injury. The NYC Chiropractic Center treats patients with a range of symptoms besides sciatic pain 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 or sciatic pain.
Sciatica and Herniated Discs
Sciatica is a condition that Dr Shoshany’s Soho Manhattan team treats with great success.
Sciatica isn’t solely a condition, it's a phenomena of pain with the symptom of nerve irritation or impingement caused by muscular interference or from a bulging or herniated disc. The sciatic nerve runs through the buttocks and can be irritated by the piriformis muscle.
Sciaitic Pain in Glute and Posterior thigh
This is pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve. The discomfort is felt in the buttock, the posterior thigh, the posterolateral aspect of the leg, and around the lateral malleolus to the lateral dorsum of the foot and the entire sole. When the nerve is directly involved, paresthesias (alterted sensations like numbness or tingling) are felt in the same distribution. Pain and paresthesias are intensified by coughing or straining at defecation. The majority of Sciatica can be attributed to herniated intervertebral disk.
Pain that originates higher up in the back, higher up past the buttocks is likely the result of a herniation or disc bulge, and pain that starts at the gluteus and radiates down can be due to irritation from the piriformis muscle. Of course there are many variables and only your doctor or chiropractor can truly diagnose the problem and recommend treatment. Treating Sciatica
Patients that chronically suffer with Sciatica often have tried numerous therapies with inconsistent results. What makes our sciatica treatment NYC unique is that we combine Multiple therapies like Active Release technique, Spinal decompression using the DRX 9000 and physical therapy. We offer the best non-surgical treatment and pain management like epidurals and selective nerve blocks.
More importantly, we help get our chiropractic patients out of sciatic pain and help to return them to doing the things they love to do.
New York State law requires that all insurance carriers pay for Chiropractic care. Most insurance plans are accepted without an outside referral by your doctor or insurance carrier.