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Sciatica services offered in the greater Pasadena, CA area

If shocking jolts of pain in your lower back often stop you in your tracks, you can find the treatment strategies you need at Health Advantage Physical Medicine. The team specializes in the latest chiropractic techniques to improve the health and function of your spine. The practice also offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and personalized weight loss programs in-office to keep you pain-free and physically active. Call the Pasadena, California, office to schedule an evaluation for sciatica pain, or book an appointment online today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica describes electric shocks of pain that radiate from your lower back into your legs. The pain results from inflammation or irritation in the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that travels from your lumbar spine down through your hips and legs and provides sensations to these areas.

Inflammation or compression of the sciatic nerve can occur due to:

  • Obesity
  • Herniated disc
  • Bone spurs
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)

Health Advantage Physical Medicine offers diagnostic testing and treatment services in-office to reduce the severity and frequency of sciatica symptoms. Your practitioner can provide preventive resources you can use to prevent sciatic nerve compression.

When should I schedule a diagnostic evaluation for sciatica?

You may be able to manage occasional sciatica symptoms with rest, daily exercise, and over-the-counter medications. If sciatica pain lasts a week or longer or affects your mobility, schedule an evaluation at Health Advantage Physical Medicine.

Delaying treatment for sciatica can increase your risk for severe pain, numbness in your legs, and loss of bladder and bowel control.

Chiropractors use X-rays and other diagnostic imaging tests to determine what’s pressing on your sciatic nerve. They customizes a treatment plan to ease your existing pain and alleviate pressure on the nerve.

How is sciatica treated?

Health Advantage Physical Medicine offers comprehensive chiropractic adjustments to improve the alignment of your spine and enhance blood circulation throughout your body.

Practitioners may also recommend spinal decompression, a noninvasive mechanical procedure that gently stretches your spine to take pressure off the spinal discs. This treatment also allows oxygen and fluids back into the discs, so they can heal naturally.

  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

Daily stretching exercises can help keep your spine healthy and flexible. Daily stretches might also ease existing pain and prevent additional sciatica flare-ups.

If weight challenges play a role in sciatica pain, you may be a candidate for the customized weight loss services available onsite. Team members focus on correcting your nutrition, reducing stress, and addressing chronic medical conditions that interfere with your metabolism to help you achieve a healthy body weight.

Call Health Advantage Physical Medicine to schedule a sciatica consultation, or book an appointment online today.