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Sciatic Nerve Treatment in New York

What is a Sciatic Nerve?

The sciatic nerve is the thickest and longest nerve in the body. It’s actually made up of five nerve roots: three from the final section of the spine called the sacrum & two from the lower back region called the lumbar spine. These five nerve roots together form a right and left sciatic nerve. One sciatic nerve runs through your hips on each side of your body, buttocks and down a leg, ending just below the knee.

How is sciatica pain caused?

Sciatica pain is caused by an irritation, inflammation, pinching or compression of sciatic nerve in the lower back. One of the most common causes is a herniated or slipped disk that causes pressure on the nerve root. Most people with sciatic nerve pain gets better on their own with time or self-care treatments.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The symptoms of sciatic nerve pain include:

  • Moderate to severe lower back pain, buttock and down your leg.
  • Weakness or numbness in your lower back, buttock, leg or feet.
  • Loss of movement & Pain that worsens with movement.
  • Feeling like “Pins and needles” in your feet, toes or legs.
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control.
Before seeing a healthcare professional, how long can I try self-care treatments for my lower back pain?

Everyone has their own tolerance & level of pain in lower back. The cause of the pain can be different, type of pain can be different & the intensity of pain is different. A more aggressive treatment may be tried first in some patients. It’s time to meet a healthcare professional and try other treatment options if a six-week trial of conservative, self-care treatments – like ice, heat, stretching, over-the-counter medicines – has not provided relief.

Sciatic Nerve Treatment or Lower Back Pain Treatment

Initial treatments include some combination of medications, physical therapy, alternative therapies & therapeutic injections.

Within 4 to 6 weeks of nonsurgical treatment, acute sciatica usually gets better. Pain lasting over 8 weeks may require treatment which may take longer and may depend upon the underlying cause.

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