According to a recent study, about 40% of people will develop sciatica at some point during their lifetime. Although it’s often associated with lower back pain, sciatica uniquely causes pain, often severe, that radiates down your leg. The pain management team at Health East Medical Alliance has extensive experience helping patients find relief from sciatica by creating customized treatment plans. The team has offices in Schuylerville in the Bronx, Morris Heights in the Bronx, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and Staten Island, New York, and in Freehold, Englewood, and West New York, New Jersey. You can call or easily book an appointment online today.
Sciatica refers to pain that’s felt along the sciatic nerve, the body’s largest nerve. It begins at the bottom of your spine, travels through your buttocks, and runs down both legs. The nerve branches out to serve different areas of your legs and feet, and you can experience symptoms in every part of the nerve.
You’re more likely to develop sciatica as you age due to long-term pressure over time and age-related degenerative conditions. Activities that increase pressure on your lower spine, such as sitting for a long time or heavy lifting, also increase your risk of sciatica.
Sciatica develops when the nerve is compressed. A herniated disc is the usual cause of sciatic. Muscle spasms near the nerve can also cause the problem. Among the other causes of sciatica are:
Whatever causes your sciatica, the Health East Medical Alliance team can target it with treatments to relieve your pain.
The symptoms caused by sciatica begin in your lower back or buttocks and radiate through your legs. Sciatica usually affects just one leg at a time. The severity of your pain may vary from a mild ache to an intense jolt of debilitating pain.
Sciatica also causes sensations like numbness and tingling and may lead to muscle weakness in the affected leg. In some cases, patients have mixed symptoms, feeling pain in one area and numbness in another.
The Health East Medical Alliance team offers a wide range of treatments to relieve your sciatica pain. They always customize your treatment to meet your individual needs.
Your treatment will depend on what’s causing your sciatica but can include:
You might also need to change the way you move to allow irritated muscles and other tissues to rest.
Sciatica pain can be disabling, and it’s often hard to find relief with traditional medical treatments. Reach out to the pain management experts at Health East Medical Alliance for effective sciatica treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about alleviating your sciatica symptoms.