Struggling With Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It extends from the lower back and down each leg. When this nerve is compressed or irritated, it causes pain. Sciatica can occur at different nerve roots along the spine. At the L3-L4 nerve roots, pain can occur in lower leg and foot. At the L5 nerve root, pain can extend to the feet and toes. From the L5-S1 level, symptoms may include numbness, weakness and pain on the outside of the foot. Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying problem of medical conditions. Its common underlying causes are lumbar disc herniation, spinal stenosis, arthritis of the spine and lumbar degenerative disc disease.
In lumbar degenerative disc disease, the outer rings of the spinal discs wear away and can irritate the sciatic nerve. Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, and the nerve roots in the lower back become impinged. In a lumbar disc herniation, the inner gel of the disc leaks out into the spinal canal and can irritate the sciatic nerve. With arthritis of the spine, the cartilage around the joints wear out, creating irritated nerves and inflammation.
Dr. Donald Milione: Your Chiropractor in Upper East Side Manhattan, New York for Sciatica Pain Treatment
Dr. Donald Milione is your chiropractor in Upper East Side Manhattan, New York who offers pain relief for sciatica with multi-faceted treatment plans. Patient treatment plans for sciatica may include manual manipulation, spinal decompression therapy, ultrasound, trigger point therapy and physiotherapy. Each treatment modality is designed to work synergistically for optimal patient outcome, and patient chiropractic treatment plans are designed to meet the unique needs of each patient.
With gentle spinal manipulations, Dr. Donald Milione readjusts the spinal components into proper position to relieve pain from impinged nerves, including the sciatic nerve. For some conditions, spinal decompression therapy may be a good fit, as in the case of herniated disc. This therapy takes place on a computerized traction table and gently stretches the spine to increase space between the discs.
Ultrasound therapy and massage therapy are ideal complementary treatments for relief from sciatica pain. Ultrasound uses sound waves to penetrate deep into the skin tissues and helps relieve inflammation while enhancing the healing process. Massage therapy increase blood circulation to reduce muscle spasm from sciatica and relaxes the muscles. In addition to taking a patient medical history and X-rays, Dr. Donald Milione utilizes nerve conduction velocity studies to diagnose sciatica. It’s a painless procedure that measures the speed of conduction of impulses along the body’s nerves.
If you’re suffering in pain due to sciatica, turn to Dr. Donald Milione for an effective treatment plan. Give us a call to schedule a one-on-one consultation today.