For patients in Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Dmitry Shestakovsky at Omega Physical Therapy, offers care and treatment for lower back pain and sciatica. Here, the doctor can make sure that patients find relief from their worst back pain.
Several different factors can cause back aches or pain. Back pain can generally be grouped into four categories which include:
Emotional and stress related pain is also common. When the lower back is involved it is often sciatica. However, there are other causes such as trauma, osteoarthritis, repetitive/overuse injuries, and spinal conditions including spondylolisthesis, when one vertebra slips forward over another, and spinal stenosis, narrowing of the spinal canal.
Sciatica is a condition which develops when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched or irritated where it exits the spine in the lower back. Sciatica is often related to the presence of a herniated disc, which can cause inflammation that presses against the nerves. Because the sciatic nerve travels down each leg, symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness are usually felt along part or all of the pathway including in the buttocks and thighs. Sciatica is more common among people who are obese, those who wear high heels on a regular basis, people who stand or sit for long periods of time, and people who sleep on mattresses which don't provide proper support. The condition is also common in pregnant women when the belly grows and exerts increased pressure on the spine and the nerves.
Physical therapy works by reducing inflammation which can cause pressure on nerves as well as reducing stiffness in muscles and other soft tissues so the person’s range of motion and flexibility are restored. Both exercises and hands-on techniques can help promote healthy circulation for faster and more effective healing. Additionally, special exercises and strengthening techniques help patients develop a stronger core so they can avoid painful symptoms in the future. Each plan of therapy will be developed based on the individual patient's symptoms and his or her treatment objectives for the best possible outcomes.
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"He's really, really great. Blows any other PT practitioner clean out of the water! Explains fully what's wrong in your body and what he's doing to fix it."
"Very knowledgeable. I had immediate relief for my neck following the first visit."
"After several visits my neck was moving and I had significantally less pain. His gentle approach and manipulation technique work like no other."