Manhattan, New York
265 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 661-5656

Top 3 FAQ You Have About Sciatica December 4, 2018

Manhattan, New York City, NY
Top 3 FAQ You Have About Sciatica, Manhattan, New York

Sciatica is a fairly common ailment, but not everyone is familiar with what it is or what causes it. For effective treatment and at-home management of the condition, it’s important to know your options and what to expect. Below are some frequently asked questions on the topic to get you started.

Common Concerns About Sciatica

What is it?

Sciatica describes an intense back pain that begins in the lower area and can extend down one or both legs, sometimes accompanied by numbness and tingling. The discomfort isn’t an illness — it’s a symptom of one. It’s caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, the longest one in your body that runs down the spine and both of legs. It can become inflamed or aggravated by various illnesses, including a slipped disc, disc degeneration, and narrowing of the spinal canal.

What are my treatment options?

sciaticaTreating the issue involves addressing your discomfort and determining the cause of it. At-home pain management options include over the counter pain relievers, light exercise and activity, and using hot or cold compresses. A physician may also suggest treatments such as chiropractic manipulation to address the underlying problem.

What happens if these solutions don’t work?

When your pain is severe and doesn’t improve with the above options, a chiropractor may recommend other treatments to correct your spinal condition. Options can range from physical or cognitive behavioral therapy to surgical solutions for especially distressing levels of discomfort. Certain surgeries can reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve, such as correcting a damaged or misaligned disc through a discectomy or widening the spinal canal through a laminectomy. 

Does it go away on its own?

Unfortunately, even though sciatic pain often goes away, that doesn’t mean it’s treated or healed. Many patients report an improvement or elimination of their pain levels after several weeks, but it’s common for flare-ups to occur. For lasting relief, you must address and correct the underlying cause of the problem. 

 

For over 17 years, the team at Pure Balance in Manhattan, NY, has provided cutting-edge chiropractic and wellness care. Dr. Magwood, is a certified pediatric chiropractor who offers thorough, effective treatment for your entire family. Whether you have minor or chronic pain, he and his team will tailor a plan to address the root of the problem. Learn more about their solutions and techniques on the website. Call (212) 661-5656 to schedule an appointment about your sciatica today.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Pure Balance
Transformational Breath® Introductory Workshop in Clifton, NJ, Manhattan, New York
April 28, 2019 11:30AM - April 28, 2019 1:30PM
Dr. Michael Magwood, family chiropractor is hosting this special event, a must experience for chiropractic patients and guests alike. Transformational Breath® is a self-empowering r...read more
Add to Calendar
What's the Difference Between Bulging & Herniated Disks?, Manhattan, New York
If you’re experiencing back pain, you may find it tricky to determine what specific malady is the root cause of your discomfort. If you can’t immediately get to a chiropractor, ...read more
Pediatric Chiropractic to Clear Effects of Undetected Birth Traumas, Manhattan, New York
The evidence that chiropractic is effective in supporting the health of pediatric patients is extremely plentiful and potentially offers new perspectives for families and their pedia...read more
How Can a Chiropractor Help Me Manage My Arthritis?, Manhattan, New York
Chiropractors help patients manage many conditions related to pain, including chronic pain caused by a broad range of sources. Although arthritis can’t be cured, its s...read more
6 Do’s & Don’ts During Pregnancy   , Manhattan, New York
Pregnancy can be an exciting, yet overwhelming time, especially for first-time mothers. In addition to preparing your home and your family for the arrival of your newborn, ...read more