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Sciatica Specialist

Elite Integrative Medical

Alternative Medicine & Pain Management located in Beverly Hills, CA

Sharp, shooting pain in your buttock or thigh from sciatica can be uncomfortable or even debilitating. Find relief from your sciatica symptoms by visiting Elite Integrative Medical in Beverly Hills, California, for treatment. The health care providers utilize the best available rehab and non-surgical options to help you feel better as quickly as possible. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool to get started.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is the medical term for a condition that causes inflammation and irritation of your sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and travels through both buttocks and the backs of your thighs and calves until reaching your foot.

When you have sciatica, you can experience:

  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Stabbing pain
  • Shock-like pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Weakness in your foot or lower leg
  • Pain that's worse when bending forward
  • Pain that's worse when coughing, sneezing, or having a bowel movement

Sciatic pain can develop anywhere along the length of your sciatic nerve. It's usually only on one side of your body, though some cases can cause symptoms on both sides.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is generally a symptom of other conditions like:

  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Bone spurs
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis

Sciatica can occur along with lower back pain, though that's not always the case. Many people experience sciatica by itself and find that it can get worse over time if left untreated.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

To determine what's causing your sciatica symptoms, your provider at Elite Integrative Medical begins with a thorough consultation and physical exam. They ask about the location of your symptoms, when they occur, and if you experienced any trauma or any injury that triggered your symptoms.

During the exam, your provider moves you through a series of positions to stretch your lower back and hamstrings, putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. If any movements increase your pain or discomfort, let your provider know.

In some cases, your provider refers you for X-rays or an MRI, especially if you have additional symptoms or a history of trauma. Once your exam is complete, they explain your diagnosis and treatment options.

How is sciatica treated?

Treatment for sciatica focuses on the cause of your symptoms and the severity of your discomfort. Elite Integrative Medical offers rehabilitation modalities, chiropractic care, and integrative medicine techniques services to improve your physical function and reduce inflammation surrounding your sciatic nerve.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Traction
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Steroid injections
  • Stretches
  • Exercises
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

You may find some relief after your first visit, though most cases of sciatica require multiple visits to relieve symptoms. Your provider explains how many visits you need and what to expect during each visit so you can schedule your appointments accordingly.

To get started with sciatica treatment, schedule your visit online or by calling Elite Integrative Medical now.