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If you are looking for a back pain specialist in Fresh Meadows, then you should know more about how the specialists at MBF Rehab can help with sciatica and other back conditions.
Sciatica is Our Specialty
Sciatica, a form of nerve pain that originates in the lower back, is a painful condition that can stop an otherwise healthy person in their tracks.
Sciatica is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, the longest and largest nerve in the body. The pain originates in the back and travels down the leg, leading to intense pain and feelings of weakness, tenderness or numbing that travels down the leg. Each leg has its own sciatic nerve and sciatic nerve pain is usually limited to the right or left side of the body.
Although it only affects one side of the body, the pain is enough to be debilitating. The pain is most pronounced when you’re sitting for periods of time, when you’re on the toilet, or when you sneeze or cough. A person with sciatica will also experience intermittent lower back pain.
Your doctor may diagnose sciatica by taking a through history and performing a physical exam. Sometimes, your doctor will choose to treat both the pain and the condition with anti-inflammatory NSAIDs drugs such as ibuprofen. Sometimes physical therapy is required. Some people may suffer with sciatica for a long period of time without finding any lasting relief. You don’t need to suffer for an extended period of time. Physical therapy can help. Whether it is improving your function, increasing your strength, or decreasing the pain, chances are very good that we can assist with one or more of these treatment goals.
Active, Adherent Physical Therapy Should be the Standard
In the active part of physical therapy, your therapist will teach you various exercises. Your physical therapy program is individualized, taking into consideration your health and history. It may include aerobic conditioning, strengthening exercises, and movements to increase flexibility and range of motion.
Physical therapy may be part of a comprehensive sciatica treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. SpineUniverse has extensive articles on all sciatica treatment options.
If you’re experiencing sciatica or another kind of chronic back pain, you may want to work with a specialist. Contact us today to make an appointment with a back pain specialist in Fresh Meadows. An appointment is a good first step towards an evaluation and learning what options for treatment are available.