Pain that radiates from your lower back or buttocks down the back of your leg is a telltale sign of sciatica. Experienced chiropractor Kian Javid, DC, treats sciatica pain at South Bay Wellness Center in El Segundo, California. For safe, effective, and noninvasive treatment of sciatica pain, call or book an appointment online today.
The sciatic nerve stems from your lower back, travels through your hips and buttocks, and down each of your legs. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along this nerve. Most of the time, sciatica pain affects only one side of your body.
Sciatica pain can range from a mild ache to an intense burning sensation. Sometimes, the pain may feel like an electric shock. Sciatica pain may occur with other symptoms, such as numbness, tingling, or weakness in the lower extremity (leg or foot).
Sciatica pain may occur when the nerve root in your lower back becomes irritated or pinched. Conditions that put pressure on the sciatic nerve include:
Piriformis syndrome, which causes the piriformis muscle in your buttocks to tighten or spasm, can also irritate the sciatic nerve.
Certain factors may increase your risk for sciatica, including:
Jobs that require heavy lifting or driving for long periods may also increase your risk of sciatica pain.
First, Dr. Javid or a member of his team spends time with you discussing your symptoms and medical history. They perform a physical exam and check your muscle strength and nerve reflexes.
After they determine the exact cause of your sciatica pain, the team at South Bay Wellness Center develops an individualized treatment plan to provide relief without drugs or invasive procedures. Depending on your specific condition, treatment may include:
They also teach you targeted stretches, strengthening exercises, and self-massage techniques you can perform at home to prevent symptoms from returning. Additionally, they may recommend lifestyle changes, such as switching to a height-adjustable work desk, which can allow you to stand up to work and provide relief from sitting all day.
If you think you have sciatica pain, call South Bay Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.