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What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition that causes pain, most commonly low back pain, leg pain and numbness due to pressure or irritation of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. Most often spine conditions including herniated discs and spinal stenosis are responsible for the sciatic nerve compression and sciatica pain. Other causes of Sciatica include spinal injuries and degenerative disc disease. Sciatica can also develop from gradual wear and tear.
What is the Sciatic nerve?
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in our bodies traveling down the lower back, hip, buttocks and the back of the leg down to the foot. Often, sciatica affects one side of the body, not both. The sciatica symptoms experienced vary depending on the location of the nerve compression. Doctors help to locate the origin of the nerve compression in order to properly treat sciatica pain.
What are common Sciatica symptoms?
For some individuals Sciatica pain may be bearable yet irritating, while for others it may be severe and debilitating. Due to the location of the sciatic nerve, certain activities such as prolonged sitting and quick movements may increase sciatica pain.
Common symptoms of sciatica are:
- Pain on one side of the buttock or in one leg that becomes worse when sitting
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty in moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the posterior
- A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand or walk
Sciatica Treatment in NYC
At Manhattan Wellness Group, our sciatica doctors are highly experienced in providing non surgical sciatica treatments over the course of a few weeks to a few months depending on the severity of your sciatic pain. Fortunately, sciatic nerve pain can be relieved by combining physical therapy, muscle strengthening, manual therapy and other specialized techniques. In severe cases, sciatica may require surgery due to severe nerve pain.
Sciatica Testing and Diagnosing Tools
Our team will consult with you, review your health history and perform a physical exam. They may also request imaging to locate the origin of your sciatica pain to better treat you. Our goal is to treat your sciatica pain using interventional treatments to avoid sciatica surgery. Sciatica diagnosis and testing includes:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Computerized Tomography Scan (CT Scan)