Sciatica FAQs

Sciatica Is Treatable

Sciatica is a common condition that is painful, but treatable. It develops when the sciatic nerve is pinched, creating pain or numbness that can be exacerbated by sitting for long periods of time. It can be difficult to deal with while it's happening, so seeking treatment as soon as you can is essential. The NYC Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Center in Manhattan offers treatment that can make life much more comfortable for you again.

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What Causes Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back down your legs. When something pinches this nerve, the result can be pain or numbness, affecting your lower back and legs. A typical cause of sciatic nerve impingement is a herniated disk in your spine suddenly pressing against the nerve. A boney spur can do the same, and sometimes, a condition called spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spine, can pinch the sciatic nerve. It is possible for something like a tumor to pinch the nerve, but this is rare. Sciatica is also often a complication of diabetes.

What Symptoms Do You Have to Watch for?

Pain and numbness or tingling in one leg are the main symptoms of sciatica. Sitting down for long periods of time can make the symptoms worse, as sitting changes your posture and can increase the pressure on the nerve. The pain or numbness may feel like it's starting in your lower back or buttocks and traveling (radiating) down your leg. You may also have flareups when you sneeze or cough.

How Do You Treat It?

Treatment for sciatica can range from mild physical therapy to lumbar injections to root blocks to surgery, depending on the cause and the severity of symptoms. Seeing a chiropractor may help. A very mild case that started suddenly and that is being treated within a short time of its development may go away with just some physical therapy for a few weeks. Chronic cases may need longer treatment. Spinal adjustments and lifestyle advice given by a chiropractor are also often very effective treatments.

What's the Prognosis?

Mild cases, even chronic ones, can go away after a few weeks. If your sciatica was caused by an external condition, such as sitting for long periods of time, it's essential that you change those conditions as much as possible to prevent a return of the pain and numbness. Nerve damage from conditions like diabetes are more difficult to solve.

Don't Wait: Get a Treatment Plan Now

Because successful resolution of sciatica relies on starting treatment as soon as possible, you should contact the NYC Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Center in Manhattan as soon as possible. Call us at (212) 645-8151 to set up an appointment.

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