Sciatica

Sciatica Treatment NYC - Dr. Michael Minond NYC Chiropractor

Sciatica Treatment NYC - Dr. Michael Minond NYC Chiropractor

NYC Sciatica Treatments Located in the West Village of Manhattan New York City 10014

Pain Relief from Sciatica

I often have patients that come to me complaining of leg pain. They describe their leg pain as leg cramps that start in the upper thigh or intense pain that radiates down through the leg, making walking and standing difficult. If you have experienced leg pain similar to this, then you may be suffering from sciatica. Other symptoms of sciatica include:
  • Pain in the legs that is worse when you sit
  • Pain in the legs that increases when you cough or sneeze
  • Pain that is accompanied with a "pins and needles" or tingling sensation down your legs into your toes
  • Pain accompanied with burning or weakness of the upper and lower legs
  • Less common symptoms of sciatica include problems bending the knee or moving the toes or feet.
Causes of Sciatic Pain

Sciatic pain is a symptom, rather than the direct problem. If you are experiencing sciatic pain, there is a reason. The most common cause of sciatic pain is a pinched sciatic nerve. This nerve is one of the largest nerves in the body. The nerve is located in the lower back and runs down through the buttocks and thighs into the legs and can become pinched in several different ways:
  • You may have a herniated disc or slipped disc that is causing pressure on the nerve. Herniated and slipped discs that lie upon the nerve pinch the nerve causing restricted blood flow and pain. A slipped or herniated disc is the most common cause of pain.
  • You may be suffering from Spondylolisthesis, a condition caused when one of your spinal vertebra slips out of position and is no longer in line with the vertebra above it. This incorrectly positioned vertebra blocks the opening where the nerve exits.
  • You may be suffering from Piriformis Syndrome. The Piriformis muscle is a small muscle located deep in the buttocks. Piriformis syndrome occurs when this muscle becomes tight or spasms and places pressure on the nerve.
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Dr. Michael Minond Providing a Patient with NYC Sciatica Treatments Located in the West Village of Manhattan New York City 10014

Sciatica Back Pain Treatments

Sciatica is rarely caused by an accident or injury, unlike other types of back pain. That's not to say it can't occur due to these. Generally, sciatica is caused by a general wear and tear on the spine. As we grow older, our spinal discs are prone to wear down or to shift position.
A slipped disc is a common cause of sciatica

Often, sciatica begins as pain in the lower back, directly above the buttocks. The pain then begins to radiate down through the buttocks and into the thighs and legs. The pain becomes centralized and noticeable in the legs, often below the knee. I mainly see sciatica in patients between the ages of 30-50. Although sciatica is rare patients younger than 30, it can occur.
It is important to remember that sciatica is not really a disease, but a symptom of other underlying problems within the spine and lower back. Patients often notice that they had extreme lower back pain a few weeks or even months before leg pain. The leg pain then began to hurt worse than the back pain. Sometimes, the back pain disappears as the leg pain worsens.

Sciatica in the Leg

The leg is where sciatic pain is generally found. Many patients find themselves disabled by the pain of sciatica in the leg. Sciatic leg pain is generally a very sharp pain as opposed to a deep throbbing pain.

Patients have often said "it feels as if I were being stabbed with a sharp knife in my legs and knees." If you are suffering from sciatica in the legs, you may notice a tingling feeling and a sharp burning sensation. Often, your leg pain intensifies after you have been sitting for a long period of time and then stand up and move around. The pain is worse after sitting due to the pressure that is put upon the nerve while sitting. Many patients have complained that their legs feel as if they "fell asleep" due to the sharp, tingling sensation.

Sciatica in Pregnancy

Many pregnant women develop sciatica regardless of age. Sciatica in pregnancy usually is a result of the baby's head pressing against the sciatic nerve. Although this condition can occur at any time during a pregnancy, it is more likely to occur during the second and third trimester. This is because the baby's head is much larger and much heavier and because the head is sitting lower down during the last two trimesters.
Sciatic pain comes from nerves, not bones or muscles.

Even after the baby is born, the pain can still linger. Because this form of sciatica is caused by the baby's position in the uterus, little can be done about the root cause of the pain until after the baby is delivered. I recommend that women suffering from pregnancy-related sciatica come in at least once or twice a month so that I can relieve them of pain. Once the baby is born, we can then eliminate the problem entirely.

Spine Out of Alignment

If your sciatica is caused by your spine being out of adjustment, then my treatment will alleviate not only the pain, but also the root cause of your pain. The use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, which relieves muscle pains and spasms, may be employed as well as ultrasound to improve blood flow to the muscles and nerves.

You can rest assured that all chiropractic treatments will be gentle and that I will be committed to helping you get your life back, free from pain. I have worked with sciatica patients for many years, and have found that while most medical doctors want to prescribe medications and perform surgery, gentle, non-invasive, holistic healing works best. 
Contact Chiropractor, Dr. Michael Minond For A Free Consultation Regarding Sciatica Pain Treatments in Manhattan

Contact Chiropractor, Dr. Michael Minond For A Free Consultation Regarding Sciatica Pain Treatments in Manhattan

I can help relieve your pain and potentially cure your sciatica. Using my gentle, non-invasive treatment for sciatica, we can have you back on your feet soon. My treatments may include the use of ice and cold packs to help the inflammation and swelling and spinal adjustments and manipulations to re-align your spine. 

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