Dealing with a throbbing or achiness under your buttocks? Does this pain sometimes shoot down your leg? Do you only notice it on one side? If you said “yes” to these questions then you could be dealing with sciatica, a painful symptom that is typically a sign of underlying musculoskeletal issues. Our Midtown and downtown Manhattan, NY, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists Dr. Julie Cho, Dr. Alissa Agarwal and Dr. Guy Guerriero at Apex Acupuncture & Chiropractic can determine the cause of your sciatica and how to properly treat it.
What is sciatica?
While sciatica is often mild, sometimes patients find that this problem doesn’t get better on its own. Since this problem can lead to muscle weakness and permanent nerve damage, it’s always best to turn to a chiropractic specialist who knows what to do to not just improve your symptoms but also treat the root cause. So, what is sciatica exactly? It’s pain that occurs as a result of a pinched sciatic nerve, a nerve that starts in your lower back and runs down the hips and legs. Sciatica is, literally and figuratively, a pain in the butt.
What can cause sciatica?
It’s important to know that sciatica isn’t a condition but rather a symptom of an underlying issue. One of the most common reasons we see sciatica today is due to a herniated spinal disc that presses on the sciatic nerve. A bone spur can also press on the nerve and cause pain. Other causes of sciatica include,
- Degenerative disc disorder
- Spinal stenosis
- Trauma or injury to the spine
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tumors of the spine (rare)
How does a chiropractor treat this problem?
As you may already know, chiropractic care in a general sense focuses on spinal manipulation and adjustments, as well as other manual treatment options to improve how the musculoskeletal system functions and moves as a whole. We understand that when one part of the body is off so are other areas, and it’s our job to provide that whole-body approach to care. If you come into our office to treat your sciatica, here’s what to expect,
- Perform a comprehensive evaluation to make a definitive diagnosis
- Map out a treatment plan
- Perform spinal manipulation and other manual therapies to release the compressed nerves
- Recommend certain stretches and exercises to retrain the muscles, ligaments and other tissue around the spine
- Provide tips on best at-home care including icing, light stretching and exercises and proper posture (especially if you work at a desk)
If you suspect that your leg pain could be sciatica, it’s important that you turn to an expert who understands what’s going on. Our chiropractic team here in Midtown and downtown Manhattan, NY, has helped many patients alleviate their sciatica. To schedule a consultation, call Apex Acupuncture & Chiropractic at (212) 242-3210 or (646) 952-0366 .