Pain and tingling from your lower back through your buttocks to your legs and feet are symptoms of sciatica. You may feel some or all of these symptoms, but no matter where you feel the pain, having it treated promptly eliminates the discomfort while treating the cause of your sciatica. To recapture a pain-free existence, get in touch with New York pain management, a first-class facility with nationally-recognized doctors.

Sciatica is a medical condition that affects your sciatic nerve This large nerve runs from your lower back to your hips, buttocks and on either side of your legs. In fact, the sciatic nerve runs all the way down to the soles of your feet. When the nerve is damaged or compressed, you feel a stabbing, shooting or burning pain— as well as tingling, numbness and weakness— anywhere in your lower back and hip region to the backs of your legs down to your feet and toes.

Sciatica is more common among people between the ages of 20 and 60.It usually affects only one side of your body. Any movement, including sneezing or coughing, can aggravate your pain. To get complete sciatica pain relief, a qualified pain doctor like those at pain relief center needs to perform a complete medical check-up before suggesting sciatica treatments.

Risk Factors for Sciatica

About 40 percent of Americans experience sciatica in their lifetime. Age is a major risk factor. As you grow older, your body — especially your spine — changes to the point that it can pinch the nerve. Other risk factors for sciatica include:

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  • Degenerative disc disease is a medical disorder caused by the wear-and-tear of your spine over the years. This wear-and-tear can result in injuring or impinging your sciatic nerve.
  • Obesity, along with a sedentary lifestyle, contributes toward the bones in your back losing flexibility and becoming stiff. The extra weight may cause pressure on your sciatic nerve.
  • Untreated diabetes, a result of obesity, causes a condition called diabetic neuropathy. The high blood sugar of diabetes damages the nerves in your extremities, especially your feet and toes.
  • Desk jobs and truck-driving can adversely harm your spine from the long hours of sitting in one place.
  • Jobs that require heavy lifting or twisting your spine can also create problems that lead to sciatica. In fact, people complaining of acute or chronic lower back pain or hip pain have a high chance of getting sciatica.

Medical Reasons for Sciatica

When you want to know how to treat sciatica, it depends on the root cause of the sciatic nerve damage. All of these medical conditions can cause undue pressure on your sciatic nerve, leading to the painful symptoms you’re experiencing, such as:

  • A herniated disc in your spine. Disc shave jelly-like insides with a harder shell that weakens with time. If the shell cracks or ruptures, the contents spill out and press against your sciatic nerve.
  • Spinal stenosis.  This is a disorder that narrows the spinal canal, compressing the nerve roots and spinal cord. The wear-and-tear of your spine is usually associated with osteoarthritis.
  • Spondylolisthesis. This medical disorder affects your lower back when a vertebra slips and misaligns with the rest of your spine. It ends up narrowing the exit of the sciatic nerve, irritating it in the process.
  • Piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle is found in the lower part of your spine, hips and buttocks. When the muscle develops spasms, it can compress the sciatic nerve.

Other related medical reasons for sciatica may include a direct impact force from a car accident, a sports injury or falling downstairs. Osteoporosis, a weakening of your bones, can create compression fractures in your spine.

Non-Invasive Treatments for Sciatica

Sciatica relief starts with a complete physical by the top rated back pain doctors in New York. You may be asked to walk on your toes or heels, rise from a squatting position or lie on your back and lift your legs one by one during the examination. All these exercises — along with further tests like an x-ray, MRI, CT scan or electromyography —helps your NYC pain management doctor come up with a treatment plan.

There are a number of non-invasive treatments that relieve sciatica pain. The proven procedures offered by Pain Management NYC include:

Minimally Invasive Treatments for Sciatica

For severe sciatica pain that doesn’t respond to non-invasive treatments,your doctor may suggest minimally invasive surgery as the best option. These procedures are safe and fast, with proven consistent results. Pain Management NYC provides a standard of care that’s among the best in the world. These minimally invasive procedures include:

Whether you require surgery or merely a pain-killing injection, you’re treated with care and respect from the first moment you enter the facility. Sciatica is a condition that can be treated. Start by contacting us to set up a consultation.

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