Sciatica typically occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed, leading to pain that travels from your lower back, through your buttocks, and down a leg. There is no standard method of treating sciatica pain for every patient; rather, your pain management doctor will try to determine the underlying cause of your condition to customize a treatment plan that’s right for you. Some people may benefit from modifying their activities to avoid compressing and irritating the nerve, while others can work with a physical therapist to learn exercises and stretches to reduce their symptoms.
Your pain management doctor may also prescribe injected medications to alleviate your sciatica pain. Your doctor may recommend a series of three injections at two-week intervals. In addition to your injections, you may benefit from chiropractic care. If you have a severe case of sciatica, your doctor may refer you to a spine surgeon.
Explore your range of treatment options with the experts of Pain Specialists of Orange County. You can reach one of our locations in Laguna Hills, Irvine, or Mission Viejo by calling (888) 699-1334.