Queens Chiropractor Offers Real Solutions and Pain Management for Sciatica Back Pain Relief
Sciatica sufferers in Queens know all too well just how intense and frustrating the nerve pain can be. Sciatica is a condition in which nerve pain radiates from the longest nerve in your body, the sciatic nerve, through your back, buttocks and legs. Depending on how the sciatic nerve is irritated, you may experience a sharp, radiating pain, a general numbness or burning sensation. The pain in your leg is typically worse than you back pain, and it is often worse when sitting. This pain can strike when you least expect it, making it difficult for you to lead a full and active life. If you struggle with sciatica in Queens, you are not alone. Thousands of Americans are affected every year by this debilitating condition. At Dr. Lee's Spine Center in Queens, we are committed to helping you lead a pain-free life through our natural, non-invasive treatments, including non-surgical spinal decompression and chiropractic care.
Queens Chiropractor Provides Pain Relief for Patients Suffering from Sciatica
While prescription painkillers and epidural steroid injects can temporarily relieve pain, they cannot solve the underlying condition that is causing sciatica. Our chiropractor, Dr. Lee, has used his musculoskeletal knowledge and personal attention to help hundreds of Queens patients live pain free lives. Here at Dr. Lee's Spine Center, we specialize in nonsurgical management of spinal problems. Through a combination of chiropractic care and physical modalities, we can help you effectively manage sciatica and put an end to the pain.
It is important to understand that sciatica is a symptom, not an actual medical disorder. The radiating nerve pain you experience is a symptom of an underlying condition, such as a herniated or bulging disc. A herniated disc occurs when disc in your body's spinal system slips out of alignment, pressing up against a nerve in the body. If the disc that slips is in the lower back, there's a good chance that it will press against the sciatic nerve. A herniated or bulging disc commonly occurs in patients between the ages of 30 and 50, as natural wear and tear causes the discs in our backs to degenerate, leading to nerve decompression. This compression is often diagnosed as "radiculopathy", a medical term that means one or more intervertebral discs have herniated or protruded from their normal position in the vertebral column and compressed the sciatic nerve. When this occurs, non-surgical decompression chiropractic treatment is one of the most effective ways to correct the condition and relieve pain.
Chiropractic spinal adjustment and non-surgical spinal decompression treatments will help balance your body's structure while promoting internal healing. Non-surgical decompression treatment is a revolutionary advancement in spinal healing, and one Dr. Lee has used successfully to treat many patients suffering from sciatica. This Chiropractic technique creates a vacuum inside the disc, which forces spinal fluid back into the disc and corrects alignment, so the disc is no longer pressing against the sciatic nerve.
Since sciatica is caused by a combination of pressure and inflammation at the root of the sciatic nerve, Dr. Lee's treatment approach focuses on relieving both. In addition to non-surgical spinal decompression and chiropractic alignment, myofascial soft tissue therapy, which uses manual massage to stretch the surrounding the muscles and joints in the lower back, can also help.
Therapeutic exercises can help restore a full range of motion and flexibility to your body while providing pain relief. Simple body exercises and stretching exercise will build flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and balance. In particular, stretching exercises for the lower back can ease pain help reduce nerve root compression. The goal with our exercises is to restore maximum movement to the body. While you may experience some soreness or discomfort after these exercises, this is perfectly natural and a sign that the body is healing.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Lee will evaluate your symptoms and back pain to determine the right course of treatment. We know each patient is different, and we customize every treatment program to meet these unique needs. Dr. Lee will also recommend exercises and treatments you can do at home to relieve pain. For example, a combination of cold and hot therapy can help manage discomfort. Initially, you may wish to use a cold pack on your lower back to reduce swelling and inflammation. Later, heat therapy, with a hot pack or heating pad, will promote healing.
In rare cases, your sciatica symptoms may be accompanied by progressive weakness in the leg and bladder or bowel incontinence. If this happens, you may be experiencing symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, and should seek immediate medical help. If you take steroid medication, have a history of drug abuse, have significant, unexplained weight loss or are HIV positive, you should also talk with your medical doctor before treatment.
Dr. Lee is known throughout Queens as the spinal expert. Our non-invasive, natural treatments have helped many sciatica sufferers ease nerve pain when traditional medical care has failed. This is because our whole body approach to wellness is committed to healing the underlying cause, not just covering the problem up with prescription painkillers. Call our chiropractor in Queens and let us help you today!