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Treatment for Sciatica Nerve Pain at Zaker Chiropractic - Newport Beach, Torrance, San Pedro

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Sciatica is a common and painful condition that affects millions of people in America. If you are suffering from radiating pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that starts in the lower back, you are not alone.

Thankfully, there are effective treatment options available for managing your sciatic nerve pain that do not require medication or surgery. If you have trouble walking, standing, or perform basic daily tasks without excruciating pain, then you will be relieved to know that chiropractic treatment can rid you of this burden and even help you prevent recurrences, and our chiropractors at Zaker Chiropractic are here to help.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica occurs when pain radiates from your lower spine down the back of your leg. The sciatic nerve is the longest widest nerve in the body. It runs from the lower back through the buttocks and down the back of each leg. It generally happens when your sciatic nerve gets compressed or irritated.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. The most common cause of sciatica comes as a result of natural aging.

However, lifestyle choices and other activities can also lead to sciatica, such as being overweight, prolonged sitting, and doing work that requires frequent bending, twisting or lifting.

The most common causes of sciatica include:

Pregnancy and muscle spasms can also give rise to sciatica-like symptoms.

Sciatica Symptoms

The most common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Shooting pain from the lower back, through the buttock, and down the back of either leg
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Tingling sensation (pins and needles) in the feet and toes
  • Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Hip pain
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Sharp stabbing pains when moving the legs in certain positions
  • Pain lying or reclining in positions you begin to notice as consistently painful
  • Shooting Pains when walking or bending at the waist

Treatment for Sciatic Nerve Pain in Torrance, San Pedro & Newport Beach, CA

Chiropractor adjusting patients back

Chiropractic care can help relieve sciatica symptoms by targeting the root cause of your pain: the underlying spinal misalignment. The first step for effective sciatic treatment is to identify the root trigger for your pain.

Our sciatica doctors perform a comprehensive examination first. Next, we create a comprehensive treatment program that is fully customized to your unique pain management needs, that may include chiropractic adjustments with complementary therapies, including massage therapy, manual medicine and physiotherapy exercises.

By targeting the root cause for your pain, we are able to reduce nerve compression and bring correct alignment back to the lumbar spine. This not only relieves sciatica pain, but also improves all aspects of our patients’ well-being.

Sciatica Exercises, Therapies & Techniques at Zaker Chiropractic

Our chiropractic offices utilize various therapeutic techniques to treat sciatica. It will depend on the unique patient's history, symptoms, and overall health. Treatment may include:

  • Therapeutic exercise, to improve strength, endurance, and flexibility of important muscles, including hamstrings and abdominal/core muscles
  • Chiropractic & Massage Therapy, including soft-tissue massage and/or nerve gliding techniques, to help release pressure on affected nerves
  • Joint mobilization techniques, to reduce pain and restore normal mobility the spine, hips, and/or shoulders
  • Therapeutic modalities, including electrical stimulation and cryotherapy (ice or heat) to help reduce pain and inflammation

Request An Appointment with our Sciatica Doctors in San Pedro, Torrance or Newport Beach

If you're looking for sciatica nerve pain relief call (949) 734-4454 for an appointment in Newport Pain & Wellness in Newport Beach(424) 235-1562 for South Bay Pain & Wellness in Torrance, or (310) 831-0003 for an appointment with San Pedro Pain & Wellness in San Pedro. Each clinic offers a multidisciplinary list of services.

We are proud to offer same-day appointments when possible, and even take walk-ins, so come on by--we look forward to working with you!


What Is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis Syndrome patient holds lower back

The piriformis muscle is a small muscle that is located in the lower back and pelvis area. This muscle plays a critical role in supporting the pelvis and the abdominal organs. Over time, this muscle can become irritated and inflamed. If this information continues to progress, it can lead to the development of piriformis syndrome.

Piriformis syndrome is the medical term used to describe irritation of the sciatic nerve that stems directly from the piriformis muscle. The sciatic nerve runs near the piriformis muscle. As a result, this nerve can become irritated, leading to a wide variety of symptoms.

Some of the most common symptoms of piriformis syndrome include:

  • Pain and discomfort that is located in the lower back
  • Shooting pains that resemble shock-like sensations that leave the back and travel down one or both legs
  • Numbness or tingling in the lower back and legs
  • Discomfort that gets worse after sitting for a long time, standing for a long time, or taking the stairs

These are just a few of the most common symptoms that people might experience that they develop piriformis syndrome.

Why Does the Piriformis Muscle Lead to Sciatica?

There are a few reasons why piriformis syndrome can lead to sciatica; however, the most common reason has to do with geography. The piriformis muscle is located close to the sciatic nerve. Therefore, if the piriformis muscle becomes inflamed, it starts to swell. Because the sciatic nerve is nearby, the piriformis muscle can start to irritate and compress the sciatic nerve when it swells. In actuality, it is irritation of the sciatic nerve, not inflammation of the piriformis muscle, that leads to the most severe symptoms of this condition.

Exercises for Piriformis Syndrome

In order for someone to undergo a proper piriformis syndrome treatment, it is important to have a corrective exercise treatment plan in place. Some of the most important exercises include:

  • Individuals should stretch out the lower back by laying down and pulling their legs to the chest one at a time
  • Try to pull the knee to the opposite shoulder for an added stretch
  • Individuals should try to stretch out their hip flexors as well, as they can become irritated due to the added stress of dealing with an inflamed piriformis muscle

These are a few of the most important exercises that people should perform on a regular basis if they have piriformis syndrome. It is also a good idea to work with a trained medical professional when it comes to piriformis syndrome treatment.

When Should I See a Doctor for the Treatment of Piriformis Syndrome?

Question mark on a doctor's hand. When to get piriformis syndrome treatment?

Gradually, piriformis syndrome can get worse if it is not treated appropriately. Therefore, as soon as someone feels inflammation or shooting pains leaving the lower back traveling down the legs, it is important to see a doctor. Even though many people are under the impression that they require surgery for this condition, this is not always the case.

A trained chiropractor can work with someone to treat piriformis syndrome without requiring them to set foot in the operating room. A chiropractor can take a look at the symptoms, make an accurate diagnosis, and help someone develop a treatment plan that will not only treat the symptoms on the surface but also prevent the condition from coming back. Furthermore, because a chiropractor specializes in manual therapy, this treatment is not going to lie to as many complications or side effects. For this reason, many people have already turned to a chiropractor for help with piriformis syndrome treatment.

Trust the Team from Zaker Chiropractic for the Treatment of Piriformis Syndrome

If you are looking for professional help with piriformis syndrome treatment, look no further than Zaker Chiropractic. At Zaker Chiropractic, we place the needs of our patients ahead of our own. We will work with you to develop a strong treatment plan that will help you make a full recovery. Contact us today at (424) 235-1562 to make an appointment with our team!

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Torrance, CA 90505
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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