Sciatica

Atlas Chiropractic and Rehabilitation

Adam Kritzberg, DC

Chiropractor & Physical Therapist located in Oceanside, NY & Rockville Centre, NY

Dr. Adam Kritzberg is highly experienced in treating sciatica: The name for the tingling, numbing pain that emanates from your lower back down the back of your leg. It can vary from mild to debilitating, and Dr. Kritzberg provides a range of effective treatment methods in his two offices in Oceanside and Rockville Centre, New York. The Atlas Chiropractic team blends chiropractic, holistic, and rehabilitative care to help patients find symptom relief. Call or click to schedule online

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?


Sciatica is the result of a pinched or compressed sciatic nerve. Each sciatic nerve starts as a cluster of nerve fibers in your lower back which forms a large nerve that travels through one side of your buttocks and down your leg.

The medical name for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy, which describes the leg pain associated with pressure on the sciatic nerve.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

When the sciatic nerve is compressed, often due to an accident, this leads to:

  • Poor posture
  • A tight piriformis muscle
  • Degenerative disc disease

Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the body, and the most common symptoms include:

  • General weakness in the leg
  • Tingling in your buttock or leg
  • Pain that worsens by sitting
  • Sharp pain that spikes down your leg and seems to occur with certain movements
  • Pain and numbness in your buttock and upper leg

In severe cases, sciatica pain can lead to a loss of bladder or bowel control.

What causes sciatica?

One of these conditions usually cause sciatica:

  • Pregnancy
  • Herniated disc
  • Muscle spasms
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Irritation of the roots of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine

Factors that can increase your likelihood of developing sciatica include:

  • Lack of frequent exercise
  • Sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress
  • Being overweight and having an improper posture
  • Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly and cause pressure or irritate your feet

How is sciatica treated?

After the cause of your sciatica is identified, the Atlas Chiropractic team offers effective treatment options for patients.

  • Decompression therapy is often an excellent first-choice treatment to reduce the pressure on the nerve
  • Spinal adjustments can help to realign your spine and improve your functioning
  • Massage therapy can manipulate and move your muscles, often relieving nerve pressure and relaxing muscle tightness

Dr. Kritzberg also uses the successful activator method and can give you at-home exercises. He can help you decide on the right treatment methods for you.

As you heal and recover, Dr. Kritzberg offers education and advice on healthy lifestyle choices and how to manage your sciatica pain. Book online or call one of the two offices today.