Do you have pain shooting down your leg? Are you also experiencing numbness and tingling? These symptoms are often associated with sciatica, a medical condition often caused by low back pain. At one time, sciatica was referred to as the “witch's shot” and the “elf's arrow”.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a symptom of a spinal disorder, which occurs when the sciatic nerve (the longest and largest nerve in the body) becomes irritated, inflamed or compressed. The sciatic nerve, which is as wide as a thumb - runs from the spinal column near the pelvis and down each leg. Each sciatic nerve is made up of five smaller nerves which branch into the thigh, knee, calf, ankle and foot.
There are many symptoms associated with sciatica. These include pain, burning, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness, which may be felt in the hip, buttock, leg, calf and foot. Pain may be occasional or constant and last for a few hours, days, weeks or months. Sciatica pain can range from mild to severe.
What causes Sciatica?
A misaligned lower spine that pinches the root of the sciatic nerve may result in sciatica. There are several spinal disorders that can cause spinal nerve compression and sciatica:
Bulging or herniated disc
Lumbar spine stenosis
Spondylolisthesis (one vertebra slipping forward over an adjacent vertebra)
Trauma (slip and fall, automobile injury, sports injury)
Piriformis Syndrome - The Piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine - connecting to the thigh bone (helps with hip rotation). The sciatic nerve runs under this muscle, making it susceptible to injury.
Pregnancy and childbirth
Poor posture while standing, sleeping and/or working
At Kessel Wellness Center NYC, we believe identifying the cause of sciatica is essential when seeking a cure for sciatica. This begins with an initial consultation, thorough health history, understanding of the patient's symptoms and a structural and muscular evaluation. Diagnostic tests may include x-rays and nerve conduction studies.
Once the cause has been detected, a sciatica treatment program can be created. Options offered include:
* Chiropractic Adjustments
* Spinal Decompression
* Trigger Point Therapy
* Rehabilitation Exercises and Stretching
* NRCT (Neurologic Relief Center Technique)
* Cervical Pillow and Supports
* Therapeutic Massage
* Nutritional Support
Whether you are suffering with sciatica caused by a trauma, spinal misalignment, arthritis or from being overweight, a sciatica treatment program can be created for you. Discover compassionate, effective sciatica relief at Kessel Wellness Center NYC. Stop suffering with painful symptoms of sciatica! Stop missing days of work and precious time with family and friends. Our integrated program of sciatica chiropractic therapy, therapeutic massage, rehabilitation and nutrition can help you.