Sciatica FAQ

Sciatica is a painful condition that interferes with everyday activities. It is a symptom of an underlying condition that can be treated with chiropractic care. At Balanced Health Medical, serving Manhattan, Midtown, 10022, and 10036, we offer a variety of effective and safe treatments for sciatica, among many other conditions. In this article, we have compiled a few frequently asked questions about sciatica and are answering them.

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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is pain that originates from the lower back and travels down one or both legs. The largest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve, and if it becomes pinched, debilitating pain can occur. The pain can come or go, or be persistent. In addition to sciatic nerve pain, patients with this condition can also experience numbness or tingling sensation or shooting or burning pain.

When Should I See a Doctor for Sciatic Nerve Pain?

If you are experiencing chronic pain, visit our chiropractors before symptoms get worse. The following are indications of medical treatment:

  • Muscle weakness 
  • Difficulty controlling bowel or bladder functions
  • The pain occurs after an accident like a car crash

What are the Risk Factors for Sciatica?

Age is the most common risk factor for sciatica because bone spurs and herniated discs are more likely to pinch the sciatic nerve. Obesity can place additional weight on the spine, which increases the risk of spinal injury and sciatica. Certain occupations or sitting for long periods can also result in this condition. 

How is Sciatica Diagnosed?

Diagnosis will begin with a physical exam and a medical history. Neurological testing may be performed as well.  If sciatica is suspected, an MRI, CT scan, and X-rays can confirm the diagnosis and reveal the underlying problems. 

How is Sciatica Treated by a Chiropractor?

Sciatica is often caused by a misaligned vertebra. Chiropractic care is a proven solution that can restore proper alignment, which relieves the pressure on the sciatic nerve naturally. Exercises are often recommended to strengthen the back and keep the nerve from becoming pinched again. 

How Long Will I Need Treatment for Sciatica?

It depends how severe your condition is, your health, if you have any scar tissue, and how long you have been in pain. Frequent visits may be necessary to feel some relief.

Don’t Suffer from This Ailment Anymore

If you are suffering from sciatica, or you want to improve your overall health, visit us at Balanced Health Medical for treatment. We have over 15 years of experience providing relief to residents in 10022, 10036, Manhattan, and Midtown. Don’t wait another day to find relief. Call 212-755-1717 to book an appointment.

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