Many Americans suffer from tingling, numbness, and pain that stems from the lower back and travels through the legs. The pain is often in the leg exclusively with little to no low back pain. This condition is called sciatica, which is what happens when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or inflamed. Here, on behalf of chiropractic orthopedist Joseph K. Askinasi DC, DABCO, from Rye, NY, you’ll learn what you need to know about this common condition.
Most often, sciatica occurs when a lumbar disc or discs herniate and press on a nerve, which sends shooting pain or numbness along one side, but sometimes both sides, of the body. However, tumors, internal bleeding, infections, injury, or another condition may also cause it. People with this condition may experience shooting pain, weakness, burning, tingling sensations, or pain that worsens when sitting. The condition may vary from very mild to severe and debilitating. Fortunately, sciatica does not usually result in permanent nerve damage. Many have a herniated with no symptoms which explains the frequency of found herniations on MRI in patients without sciatica or back pain.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, which explains why those with sciatica often experience pain all the way from their lower back through their toes. The body parts it inflicts depends on where the pinched nerve lies. Many people develop this condition in their 40s and 50s, and research suggests that it develops over time opposed to abruptly.
Most people with sciatica can be treated with the help of a qualified chiropractor and corrective exercises within weeks or months. The sooner a patient seeks treatment, the better the outcome. The chiropractor will pinpoint the cause of the condition, and implement a customized plan to correct it. In rare and severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.
If you suffer from back pain, sciatica, or another condition, contact chiropractic orthopedist Joseph K. Askinasi DC, DABCO. To schedule an appointment, call a helpful staff member today at (914) 481-4692. For more information about services, visit their website.