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Best Treatment for Sciatica In LA

Seeking treatment for sciatica in Los Angeles is crucial. Consult a healthcare provider or physical therapist to explore physical therapy, chiropractic care, or acupuncture options. Relief is possible with the right approach and guidance.

 Dr. Dean runs a sports chiropractic clinic in Los Angeles with ten years of experience treating acute and chronic sciatica cases. The best doctors or specialists in sciatic nerve pain techniques, treatments, and management are primarily directed toward finding and eliminating the structure around or close to the nerve. Finding a specialist or clinic that offers comprehensive treatment options can help alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life if you are near West LA. Call today for your consultation. We can offer the best non-surgical sciatica treatment options. Including in the comfort of your own home with our mobile services. 

Sciatica Overview and Treatment Options

Sciatica is the most common name for radiculopathy or a painful sciatica nerve.

The sciatic nerve is when the L4-S3 Spinal Nerves connect to form one large nerve about the size of your thumb! This bundled nerve exits the pelvis through the greater sciatic notch, crosses over the piriformis, and runs down the back of the leg.

Compression or a stretch injury occurs as the nerves exit the lumbar spine, pelvis, and tight piriformis anywhere down the back of the leg; then sciatica is present. 

What does the Sciatic Nerve Do?

  • Supplies motor to hamstrings and adductor magnus with direct branches
  • Motor and sensory function to the lower leg and foot via terminal branches such as the tibial, peroneal, sural, and saphenous nerves. 

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the most common name for radiculopathy or a painful sciatica nerve.

The sciatic nerve is when the L4-S3 Spinal Nerves connect together to form one large nerve about the size on your thumb! This bundled nerve exits the pelvis through the greater sciatic notch, crosses over the piriformis and runs down the back of the leg.

Scaitica means the collective nerve bundle creating the sciatic nerve is experiencing pain. This can occur in the as the nerve exits the lumbar spine, in the pelvis, as it cross the piriformis on anywhere down the back of the leg.

What does the Sciatic Nerve Do?

The sciatic nerve supplies the muscles of the lower leg in the calf, ankle and muscles behind the knee. In the foot the sciatic nerve is responsible for touch sensation to the back of leg, calf, ankle and the bottom of the foot.

Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve Pain and Radiculopathy are all the same thing

Scaitica vs Radiculopathy

These terms can be confusing, but they basically mean the same thing for practical purposes. Sciatica by definition means a painful, inflamed sciatic nerve. When the sciatic nerve pain starts being noticed it’s referred to as sciatica.

Radiculopathy of the sciatic nerve implies that the sciatic nerve is being compression by a structure such as a herniated disc, thus creating sciatic nerve damage. This compression creates sciatic nerve pain, which is referred as sciatica.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Common Symptoms of Sciatica include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Numbness, weakness, or pins and needles down the leg or foot.
  • Pain in buttocks worsened by sitting.
  • Sharp shooting leg pain that makes it difficult to stand up
  • Hip Pain
  • Pain is worse during sitting.

The most commonly missed symptoms of sciatica include

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Calf Pain
  • Hamstring pain and stiffness
  • Achilles Pain

Sciatic Nerve Pain Causes

Sciatica is caused by irritation of the lumbar and sacral nerves as they exit the spinal canal to travel down the leg.

Other Common Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain include

  • A lumbar herniated disc slipped disc, or bulging disc
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (spinal canal narrowing)
  • Lower Back Spasm
  • Pregnancy
  • Sciatic nerve stiffness (decreased ability to stretch)
  • Spinal dominant movement patterns (should be hips)
  •  Poor core function, strength, and endurance.


Sciatica Treatments

It is essential to seek treatment from a healthcare provider near you who specializes in treating sciatica to ensure proper diagnosis and management of symptoms.

Dr. Dean’s treatment program is tailor-made to meet your specific diagnosis. Once the cause of the sciatic nerve pain is identified (first visit), treatment will quickly eliminate the pain.

Common Sciatica Treatment and preventative approaches include:

  • Nerve flossing and sliding via Neurodynamics (sciatic nerve stretches)
  • Stecco Fascial Manipulation from Italy ( Tight muscle treatment)
  • Dermal Traction Method Co-Invented by Dr. Dean ( Pinched nerve in the skin treatment)
  • Cupping
  • Fascial Distortion Method ( reverse scar tissue)
  • Osteopathic Joint Pumping and Fascial Normalization
  • Physical Therapy
  • Core Training to increase spinal endurance
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Pinched Nerve Relief

Although it’s rare, a patient with specific conditions occasionally needs to be referred to an orthopedic doctor for a consultation. Traditional treatment approaches include: 

Treatment for sciatica may include physical therapy, medication, injections, or, in severe cases, surgery.

Additional Treatment Options include:

  • Physical therapy exercises can help strengthen muscles and improve flexibility to alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or muscle relaxants may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation associated with sciatica.
  • Injections include epidural and corticosteroids and can provide temporary relief by reducing inflammation around the affected nerve.
  • Surgery may be recommended if conservative treatments do not provide relief or if there is significant compression of the nerve causing severe symptoms.

Dr. Dean’s methods offer patients fast, effective, non-surgical treatment options to treat sciatic nerve pain without a corticosteroid, medicine, or costly medical procedure. 

Reach out to book an appointment with Dr. Dean (chiropractor) or his team by texting or calling 323-354-6077 or email him at

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YOU should be able to move the way you’d like to move without experiencing pain. YOU should be able to experience freedom and energy knowing there’s nothing holding back from giving your life 110%. Dr. Dean would like to learn more about your challenges with a quick phone or email before beginning treatment. Contact him today.