Sciatica is a painful condition that can throw a serious wrench in a normal day. Many people attempt to treat sciatica on their own for months or even years before finally seeking professional care. Elizabeth Greenberg, DC, helps patients from throughout the greater New York area find relief from sciatica pain and return to their daily activities with confidence. To learn more or to schedule an initial consultation, use the online tool or contact the Union Square office.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Your sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and travels through your hips and into your buttocks, legs, and feet. It is the longest single nerve in the human body.

If you experience a herniated disc in your lower spine, pressure might be placed on the surrounding nerves, including your sciatic nerve. That leads to significant pain throughout the lower half of your body.

In addition to a herniated disc, other sources of nerve compression include pregnancy and childbirth, misaligned vertebrae, tumors, diabetes, and bone spurs. Even habitually sitting on a wallet in your back pocket can lead to sciatica.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Most people who suffer from sciatica will only notice symptoms occurring on one side of their lower body. Common symptoms include a combination of the following:

  • Persistent pain in the buttock or leg on one side of the body
  • Pain that begins in the lower back and runs down the side into the lower leg and foot
  • Pain that worsens while sitting or standing and lessens while lying down or moving
  • Sensations of numbness, weakness, or "pins and needles"
  • Severe or sharp pain in one leg
  • Pain in the toes of one foot

Some people report that symptoms flare-up when they make sudden movements, such as coughing or sneezing, or when they change positions.

How can a chiropractor help with sciatica?

If Dr. Greenberg determines that your pain is the result of sciatica, there are several different treatment options available. Dr. Greenberg creates a customized treatment plan for each person in her care.

Some people respond well to ultrasound therapy. This approach uses sound waves to create gentle heat that penetrates deep into soft tissues. Ultrasound therapy can improve your circulation in the affected area and help reduce muscle spasms, swelling, cramping, pain, and stiffness.

Another approach involves transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). A small, battery-powered, portable device emits varying intensities of carefully controlled electrical currents. TENS therapy can help reduce muscle spasms and control pain.

One of the most common ways that chiropractors treat sciatica is through spinal manipulation. That involves the hands-on application of force to restore proper alignment of vertebrae and improve restricted motion in the spinal column.

To learn more about whether chiropractic care may be the best solution for your lower extremity pain, use the fast and easy online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.


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