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At Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group, where we combine chiropractic pain relief with non-life threatening urgent care, one frequent reason for a visit to our center is back pain. This pain may be the result of different causes such as an auto accident injury, work-related injury, sports injury or a condition such as fibromyalgia, arthritis or sciatica. Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body, is compressed or inflamed. Because the sciatic nerve runs from your pelvis down into your legs pain can easily travel along its neural network. Pressure in one area of your sciatic nerve can cause pain in another area of your body.
Sciatica is sometimes caused when one of the discs in your back becomes herniated due to injury or overexertion. The disc bulges out of its normal place in the spinal column, causing pressure on the sciatic nerve. There is also a muscle, called the piriformis, which lies over the sciatic nerve. If this muscle spasms or becomes tightened due to stress or an injury, it can also cause pressure on your sciatic nerve. Another source of possible pressure may even come from sitting on a wallet that is too thick.
Signs that you might be experiencing this condition include back pain that seems to radiate down into the back of your legs. You may also feel weakness, numbness, or a tingling sensation in your leg. Some people report sciatica pain as simply a minor ache, while others experience it as a sharp, burning sensation. The pain may worsen over time or increase with certain activities.
Our chiropractor at Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group is experienced at providing pain relief for conditions caused by compression on the sciatic nerve. After a thorough examination to ascertain the true cause of your back pain, our chiropractor will develop a treatment regimen to help relieve pressure, manage pain, and restore mobility. Sciatica treatment may include spinal manipulation and hands-on adjustments to return the spinal column to its natural position. If your piriformis muscle is tightened or inflamed we may recommend massage therapy to loosen it. A procedure called a trigger point injection, which injects a small amount of anesthetic into your muscle, may be helpful in reducing any spasms.
We may also recommend spinal decompression to provide additional pain relief. During this safe, FDA-approved procedure, we gently elongate and decompress your spinal column. This allows the herniated discs to reshape and reform themselves, so they can slip back into their proper position. After your initial pain subsides you may want to pursue a regular course of chiropractic care to continue strengthening your muscles and help keep your lower back and spinal column in alignment. When it comes to your back, make Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group your one-stop shop for chiropractic and urgent care.