Sciatica Specialist

Dr. Peterson is skilled at relieving the painful symptoms of sciatica, helping patients from Manhattan's Midtown East and Downtown neighborhoods reduce pain, numbness, tingling, and other sensations for improved quality of life.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, a very long nerve that extends all the way from your lower back down each leg. The most common cause of compression of the sciatic nerve is disc herniation, which occurs when one of the spongy discs in your lower (or lumbar) spine moves out of its normal position and presses against the nerve as it leaves the spine. Other causes of compression include inflammation of soft tissues in the lumbar area, tumors, trauma and some types of spinal diseases.

What symptoms does sciatica cause?

Sciatica can cause shooting pain, dull aching, numbness, tingling or burning sensations that can run from the low back all the way down the leg. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may be worse when lying down or sitting.

How does chiropractic care relieve sciatica symptoms?

Chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to relieve impingements on the sciatic nerve and to improve circulation to the surrounding tissues. By gently realigning the lumbar vertebrae so discs can resume their normal positions, the nerve pathway between the brain and the legs is restored for reduction or elimination of symptoms like pain and numbness.

What can I do to prevent sciatica?

Sciatica is more likely to occur when sitting or standing for long periods of time or as a result of repetitive motions like bending, twisting or lifting, as well as sleeping on a “bad” mattress and carrying uneven loads that result in unequal distribution of weight. Practicing good posture, taking breaks when standing or sitting for long periods of time, wearing supportive shoes and investing in a good mattress can help prevent sciatica, and so can losing weight and remaining physically active. Having regular chiropractic evaluations and spinal adjustments is also critical for maintaining proper spinal alignment and avoiding mild issues from progressing to painful problems.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York
Blue Cross of Idaho
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
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    "Dr. Peterson has been extremely helpful in ridding me of terrible headaches. The professionalism and knowledge of his craft are second to none."

    John W.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Peterson has the BEST bedside manners of any doctor I have ever met. He is the text-book definition of a kind, caring and compassionate doctor."

    Sammi M.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Peterson's congenial personality is icing on the cake. I walk feeling better, in every sense of the word. I recommend him without reservation."

    John N.
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    "Dr. Peterson was incredibly personable, knowledgable, and took the time to figure out what my issues were. I felt listened to, cared for, and incredibly relaxed."

    Jade B.
  • City Search

    "Peterson Chiropractor had excellent reviews, accepted my health insurance provider, was conveniently a couple of blocks from my work and had flexible appointment times."

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