Sciatica Pain Relief Treatment from Your Irvine Chiropractor

Sciatica is a symptom, not a condition all by itself. This burning leg pain happens when your sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated. When this happens, pain can shoot from the lower back, down one leg, and all the way to your foot. Sciatica can have a few different underlying causes, which makes getting a proper diagnosis essential to lasting injury or pain relief treatment. Irvine chiropractor Dr. John Lee can diagnose the root cause of and provide lasting, natural sciatica leg pain treatment.

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What Causes Sciatica Leg Pain?

Most cases of sciatica affect the lower back and one buttock, leg and/or foot. Our chiropractor will thoroughly examine you and listen to your symptoms to determine whether one of these potential underlying conditions are causing your leg pain:

  • Bulging disc or herniated disc—Injury or pressure from poor posture can cause a bulging or herniated discs. If a lumbar disc herniates and the inner gel-like nucleus extrudes from the outer membrane, it may pinch the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica leg pain.
  • Subluxations—When vertebrae in the lumbar spine (lower back) are out of alignment, they may also compress the sciatic nerve.
  • Spondylolisthesis—Spinal misalignments in small children can cause tiny fractures in lumbar vertebrae that eventually manifest as sciatica in adolescence or adulthood.
  • Spinal stenosis—Age-related degeneration or other medical conditions may cause the channel the spinal cord travels down to narrow, compressing the sciatic nerve and others.
  • Piriformis syndrome—A small muscle deep under the gluteus muscles may stars having spasms if irritated, which can irritate the sciatic nerve.

Chiropractic Care is Effective Treatment for Sciatica

Depending on your individual diagnosis, chiropractor Dr. Lee can help you recover from your sciatica by providing multifaceted treatment for the root condition causing the sciatic nerve irritation. Chiropractic care is a particularly effective treatment for most of these conditions because it optimizes spinal alignment to remove pressure from the sciatic nerve, thus providing pain relief.

In addition to chiropractic care, Dr. Lee may suggest massage therapy to provide relief from muscle spasms and to reduce inflammation. Therapeutic exercises can also help, particularly as you strengthen your core muscles to better support spinal alignment that can prevent future sciatica attacks, and their root causes.

Visit Your Irvine Chiropractor for Sciatica Relief

Don’t let sciatica stop your lifestyle! Schedule an appointment with Irvine chiropractor Dr. Lee, either online or by calling 949-552-2100.


Sciatica pain is a shooting, nerve-like pain due to a pinched nerve in the lumbar or sacrum region of the spine (lower back). This then causes pain to radiate down the buttocks, thigh, leg, and even to the foot in some cases. Treatment for this condition requires identifying and locating where the nerve impingement is coming from and then applying the proper treatment to remove the nerve pressure. The treatment in our office for sciatica usually included chiropractic adjustments with spinal decompression therapy.

Yes, because the majority of sciatica cases do not require surgery or more serious medical intervention, chiropractic treatment works very well. Natural, conservative methods of treatment like chiropractic are one of the most effective ways to treat sciatica.

People suffering from sciatica may feel pain or symptoms in the buttock, thigh, leg, or foot on one side. It may affect both legs in some cases. The feeling of the symptoms can range from sharp, dull, achy, numb, tingly, pins and needles, cold, or hot.

Sciatica happens because either because of one specific injury or due to a repetitive stress injury to the lower back. A mechanical force must take place either in one event or a period of time to misalign a spinal vertebra or bulge, herniate or compress a disc which then leads to a nerve pinch that causes the sciatica pain down the leg.

Treatment for sciatica can be successful in as short as a week or two in less severe cases. However, most patients have been dealing with this condition for some time when they come to see us for treatment. So it usually takes between 2-3 months to effectively treat sciatica.