Sciatica Treatment in Albany & Schenectady, NY
The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body. It runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the legs, ending just below the knee. The sciatic nerve controls several muscles in the lower legs and supplies sensation to the skin of the foot and the majority of the lower leg.
Sciatica is not a condition, but rather a symptom of another problem involving the sciatic nerve. Anything that irritates this nerve can cause mild to severe pain which can be described as dull, achy, sharp or electric shock-like.
Common Causes of Sciatica
- A Herniated Disk – Which happens when a disk is pushed out of place, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – The narrowing of the spinal cord in the lower back.
- Degenerative Disc Disease – The breakdown of discs in the spine which act as cushions between the vertebrae
- Spondylolisthesis – A condition where a vertebra slips forward over the one below it.
Symptoms of Sciatica
A hallmark symptom of sciatica is pain that radiates from your lower spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg. Other common symptoms include numbness in the leg along the nerve and a tingling sensation in the feet and toes. Usually, only one side of the body is affected.
Contact Us Today for Sciatica Treatment
Physical therapy and chiropractic treatments can help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. If you are experiencing sciatic pain, contact the team at Albany Chiropractic and Physical Therapy today to schedule an appointment.