What to Know About Sciatica Provided by a Brooklyn, NY Chiropractor
If you have pain in your lower back, you may have a condition known as sciatica. While it can resolve itself, in many cases, you need to get to the underlying cause of the problem. With chiropractic care supplied by Dr. Tabick, D.C., serving Brooklyn and the nearby New York region, we can target your sciatic nerve pain using multiple approaches.
Sciatica is a term used to describe pain that extends throughout the sciatic nerve, which is the nerve that runs from your lower back, throughout your hips and buttocks, and down each one of your legs. Most of the time, you only have it on one side of your body at a time. You can experience symptoms like any of the following:
- Muscle weakness
- Burning pain
- Pain that worsens when you sneeze
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica isn't a condition. It's actually just symptoms that arise from issues like a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. Some patients develop it as the result of a bone spur pressing against the nerve. Sometimes, sciatic nerve pain is from damage to the nerve. Pregnancy may lead to sciatica, either from hormones or the unborn baby pressing against the nerve. Diabetes can lead to nerve-related issues. As you age, you're at a greater risk for sciatica. Those who lead a sedentary life are more at risk.
We may diagnose you with sciatica just based on your symptoms and through a physical examination. During your exam, our chiropractor will test your muscle strength and reflexes. After your physical, our chiropractor may conduct imaging to evaluate your internal structure for any problems that could be contributing to your sciatica.
Our chiropractor determines a course of action based on your specific needs. In many cases, our practitioner takes a multi-faceted approach. One treatment we may use is a chiropractor adjustment, also known as an alignment. During this procedure, our chiropractor moves the bones in your back. This helps them line up correctly with the discs in your back, which relieves pressure on your sciatic nerve. We may provide you with massage therapy to decrease the amount of swelling you have in your muscles, which can relieve pressure on your nerves. Often, we use this treatment if you have stenosis or a herniated disc. Our chiropractor will also provide you with lifestyle advice that can reduce your pain, such as using hot and cold therapy. We may advise you on lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your pain and discomfort.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tabick, D.C., serving Brooklyn, NY and the general vicinity, by calling 718-745-8177.