One of the most common causes of back and leg pain is sciatica. Clients often approach our staff at Long Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, LLC with questions on whether or not massage is a good treatment for pain relief. Seeing that we serve clients from Smithtown and West Islip NY, we tend to hear questions on a daily basis.
Many who seek pain relief for leg problems are surprised that the pain originates in the back. We are hoping we can help get rid of some of the mystery behind sciatica and its treatment.
What is sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the body's longest nerve. It connects the foot, leg, and buttocks to the spinal column. If there is any damage or pinching of this nerve, pain can occur anywhere along the path of the nerve. That is why sciatica can cause pain in any of the areas and is often confusing to the person seeking pain relief. Most often, it is simply a matter of the sciatic nerve being pinched in some way.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
In rarer cases, sciatica appears as lower back pain. In most cases, however, there is a sharp pain, tingling, or numbness that appears in the buttocks and radiates down the affected leg and into the foot. Some bouts can last for weeks at a time and then seem to disappear. Unfortunately, sciatica, once it appears, tends to flare up again after a time.
What causes sciatica?
Most cases of sciatica occur because age causes deterioration in the spine, which causes a shifting of spinal elements. When this shift occurs, the vertebra can press on the sciatic nerve or the nerve could get caught between two spinal parts.
How can chiropractic treatment help sciatica?
Pain relief treatment can consist of heat or cold treatment, massage, and a realignment of the spinal column. With gentle manipulation, often a combination of heat and massage can alleviate the pain.
Call Long Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, LLC
If you live in the Smithtown or West Islip, NY areas and have been experiencing pain in your back and legs give us a call and set up an appointment for an evaluation. We will discuss with you the pain relief treatment methods that will best fit your needs. Do not suffer another day. Let us get you back in action.