Sciatica is defined as pain traveling along the path of the sciatic nerve, which originates in the low back and travels down the hips, buttocks, and into both legs. If chronic leg pain associated with sciatica decreases your quality of life, help is within reach. Here at Fountain Valley Physical Medicine (FVPM), we offer a wide array of modern and holistic pain solutions to ease your discomfort. We have successfully been able to help countless patients suffering from sciatica. Getting to the root cause of your condition is our main objective, which helps us insure a positive outcome. You shouldn’t have to live with radiating leg pain, and our team at FVPM is experienced in treating your condition. Get back to a life free from sciatica.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition in which your sciatic nerve gets irritated, causing mild, moderate, or intense pain. Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back through your butt, hips, thighs, and down each leg. Sciatica often affects just one side of your body. Treatment relieves the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
If you have sciatica you could experience the following symptoms:
- Radiating pain down one leg
- Discomfort near your sciatic nerve pathway
- Mild aching pain
- Sharp, severe pain
- Burning pain
- An electric shock or jolting sensation
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle weakness
- Pain on one side of your body
Sciatica can occur when your sciatic nerve is pinched by a herniated spinal disc, bone spur, a tumor, or something else. Risk factors for developing sciatica include obesity, older age, prolonged sitting, diabetes, and carrying heavy loads.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
To diagnose sciatica, your Fountain Valley Physical Medicine specialist discusses your medical history and asks about your symptoms. They complete a physical exam and can use blood tests, as well as X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to diagnose your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.
What is the treatment for sciatica?
Your sciatica treatment will consist of one or more of the following solutions:
Adjusting your spine with a series of manipulation techniques helps realign your spine and ease sciatic nerve pressure.
Disc decompression traction
During disc decompression traction, your provider gently stretches and manipulates areas of your spine to alter its position and take the pressure off the spinal discs and nerves.
Massage therapy is a holistic way to manipulate soft tissues that are tight, tense, or that place pressure on the sciatic nerve. Your provider applies manual pressure to the affected, painful areas to provide relief.
Physical therapy stretches and strengthens painful tissues to ease discomfort naturally and prevent further injuries.
Your Fountain Valley Physical Medicine specialist offers regenerative therapy to ease inflammation, regenerate new cells and tissues, optimize healing, and reduce pain.
Muscle stimulation uses radio pulse and rapid pulse waves to reduce the pain signals sent to your brain. This provides immediate sciatica relief.
Laser treatments use light energy to stimulate your body’s natural healing ability and relieve chronic pain without surgery or downtime.
Applying compound cream to painful areas near your lower back, hips, and thighs can reduce sciatica discomfort and restore your quality of life.
Don’t live with sciatica pain or take addictive pain medications when holistic treatments are available at Fountain Valley Physical Medicine. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.