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Sciatica: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, & More


What Is Sciatica? 

Sciatica pain stems from damage to the sciatic nerve located at the bottom of the spine. This is actually the thickest and longest nerve in the human body, and is composed of 5 nerve roots. Sciatica is not as uncommon of a condition as many expect; according to Harvard Medical School, around 40% of adults will experience it in their lifetime.

Is sciatica really getting on your nerves? Luckily, at Greenberg Regenerative Medicine, we understand the struggle of living with sciatica and make it our goal to develop a personalized regenerative therapy treatment plan designed to lead you to a pain-free life.

Causes of Sciatica 

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched, compressed, inflamed, or most commonly, from a herniated or slipped disk. A herniated disk can arise when it is moved the wrong way, as the patient ages, or from a sudden injury. Preventing a herniated or slipped disk may be difficult, but measures can be taken to mitigate the possibility, include maintaining good posture, lifting objects correctly, exercising, and stretching regularly. Sciatica is also common amongst pregnant women, who experience its pain toward the end of their pregnancies because of the extra weight that applies direct pressure on the nerve. Overall, stretching, exercising, and taking care of your general health are all good ways to ward off sciatica from affecting your daily life. 

Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica pain differs from one person to another, but there are some common symptoms to take note of. Pain originates in the lower spine, and runs down the lower back, buttocks, and even one or both legs. Some may feel tingling or numbness in affected areas, whereas others may experience electric-like shocks, sudden burning, or sharp jolts. 

Treatment for Sciatica: The Greenberg Method 

Dr. Greenberg knows how severe and painful sciatica can be, and although this pain can be difficult to diagnose, he is sure to discover the root of the issue and provide a specialized treatment plan that benefits your body’s unique needs. 

In order to do so, Dr. Greenberg uses his exclusive examination process deemed “The Greenberg Method.” This involves a comprehensive and thorough physical exam that focuses not just on the pained area, but the whole body, in order to fully treat the condition. He will also examine your neck, back, and shoulders to search for other common conditions such as a Pelvic Tilt. Finally, Dr. Greenberg will review your radiographs and medical history. 

After the examination and documentation review, Dr. Greenberg will determine the best treatment for you, which may include Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), or Stem Cell Therapy. Since each patient’s case is unique, treatment types and recovery time vary for each individual. We are committed to utilizing the particular needs of each patient in order to determine the best treatment for pain-free living. 

Do you think you may be suffering from sciatica? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenberg to determine which treatment plan is best-suited for you.

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