Sciatica is caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body. The pain is typically felt through the back of the thighs, buttocks, or lower back. Treatments and causes vary person to person.
Sciatica can ruin your quality of life, but is easily treatable compared to other spine related conditions, with more than 80% of individuals not requiring surgery or invasive procedures. Our spine doctors have decades of experience treating patients just like you. We provide the right treatment for your needs. We have offices located throughout Greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains and Newburgh, NY. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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Sciatica may show up gradually or over a period of time. Pain is typically felt in the lumbar region (low back) but can extend to the inside, backside or front of your lower extremities. The pain can radiate to the buttocks, back of thighs and even below the knee. When you have sciatica, you have pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling. Sciatica can begin in your lower back and can spread down your leg as far as your toes. It usually is only on one side of your body.
Your sciatic nerve is part of a complex structure: your body’s nervous system. That system is responsible for transmitting pain and sensation to other parts of your body. The Sciatic Nerve being the largest in your body, meaning any pinching, or pressure will be very unpleasant.
Risk Factors that can contribute to your Sciatica:
*Piriformis syndrome (caused by tightening or spasm of the piriformis muscle in the buttocks)
*Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column)
*Spondylolisthesis (condition in which one vertebra slips forward and out of line)
*Obesity (extra weight on lower back)
*People aged between 30-50
*Jobs that include prolonged sitting or heavy lifting
Back pain can form from over time wear or appear suddenly. Sciatica typically starts with a herniated disc in your lower lumbar region. Injury or years of overuse can wear down the cartilage between your discs, the soft center can push out the hard outer ring. This herniated disc can put pressure on the surrounding nerves, one being the Sciatic Nerve.
Your spine specialist will perform a physical exam first to note your back pain history, they will note posture, range of motion, and other observable physical conditions. In some cases, you may need an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan to diagnose the cause of your Sciatica. Visit your New York Spine Spine Specialists for imaging services diagnosis and proper treatment options.
More than 80% of people who suffer from sciatica will not need surgery or any invasive procedures. This typically goes away on its own within a couple weeks, coupled with the use of over the counter pain relievers such as Advil and Aleve.
Based off your consultation, your doctor could recommend cold compression for a few days, and heating pads after that. Although having sciatica might prompt you to rest and take it easy, being mobile is very important. Sitting still could cause further irritation of the Sciatic Nerve, lower back stretches and staying in motion can help reduce any inflammation.*
*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.