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Sciatica is typically one-sided pain that travels along the sciatic nerve, radiating from the lower back down the buttock and leg.


In most cases, sciatica only affects one side of the body.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain that radiates down one leg
  • One-sided muscle weakness and numbness
  • Mild, excruciating, aching, or sharp sensation


Sciatica develops when an area of the nerve becomes pinched.

This can be due to a number of factors, including:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Damage from diabetes (rare)
  • Herniated disc
  • Tumor (rare)


The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It branches out from the lower back and extends down the hips, buttocks, and legs. It is responsible for connecting the spinal cord with the muscles in the legs and feet.

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Step 1: Exam

The first step in diagnosing the cause of your sciatica is a full examination. During this process, we will test for muscle strength and reflexes, as well as assess movements that trigger your sciatica in Long Island.

Step 2: Imaging tests

If we suspect a herniated disc or bone spur, we will order an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, an MRI or CT scan may also be required to visualize the soft tissues in the area.


Treatment for sciatica in Long Island is complex and depends on the underlying cause of your pain.

In most cases, your treatment will involve a custom blend of the following approaches:

  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care

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Sciatica FAQ

Is sciatica a permanent condition?

Can sciatica be prevented?

Can exercise help with sciatica?

When should I see a doctor for sciatica?

Can pregnancy cause sciatica?

Is sciatica a permanent condition?

Sciatica is often a temporary condition that improves with conservative treatment such as rest, physical therapy, and pain management. In some cases, however, chronic or severe sciatica may require more aggressive treatment options, including surgery.

Can sciatica be prevented?

While sciatica cannot always be prevented, there are steps individuals can take to reduce their risk, such as maintaining good posture, practicing proper lifting techniques, staying physically active to strengthen the core muscles, and avoiding prolonged sitting or standing in one position.

Can exercise help with sciatica?

Yes, specific exercises and stretches designed to strengthen the back and core muscles, improve flexibility, and relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve can help alleviate sciatica symptoms and prevent future flare-ups. However, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any exercise program.

When should I see a doctor for sciatica?

It's advisable to see a doctor if you experience persistent or severe sciatica symptoms, such as intense pain, numbness or weakness in the leg or foot, difficulty controlling bladder or bowel function, or if your symptoms worsen despite conservative treatment measures.

Can pregnancy cause sciatica?

Pregnancy can increase the risk of developing sciatica due to changes in posture, weight distribution, and hormonal fluctuations that can affect the spine and nerves. Sciatica during pregnancy often resolves after childbirth but may require management during pregnancy to alleviate symptoms.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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