San Antonio Sciatica Pain Specialists

Long-lasting pain relief with Advanced Non-Surgical Treatments

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If you require immediate relief for sciatica back pain, look no further than the pain management specialists at the Institute for Functional Health.

We are not your typical San Antonio pain management clinic where you will sit in a waiting room for 45 minutes, meet with a pain doctor for 10 minutes, get your prescription and be on your way.

The Functional Approach to Sciatica Pain Relief

​This innovative new advanced therapy is successfully treating the most common causes of sciatic nerve pain, including:

  • Spinal Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Muscle spasm
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Total spine pain due to traumatic injuries

​Our integrative model of care requires that you receive a thorough evaluation and diagnostic assessment on your first visit - your Sciatica Pain Discovery Day.

Our clinic has several different practitioners each of whom specialize in various therapies to ensure that you have a received a comprehensive examination and no stone has been left un-turned. A treatment plan will then be presented to you so that you are fully knowledgeable of all of your options and you will have a clear expectation for the length of treatment.

Your goal is to restore your lower back and leg mobility and to be pain free as quickly as possible, and for as long as possible. That is precisely why our practitioners will thoroughly explain these advanced therapies which differ based on your pain complex.

Here are just a few examples of the advanced therapies available to you:​

Low Level Laser Therapy

​Laser therapy is used to relieve inflammation, which is often the root cause of pain itself. This treatment is painless during application as low-intensity red and infrared light is used to stimulate the tissue just below the surface of the skin.

In addition to in​itiating the body's natural pain relieving endorphins, laser therapy has also proven to improve blood circulation which aids in cellular regeneration in the natural healing process.

Non-Steroidal Lidocaine Therapy

Injecting the inflamed tissue surrounding the sciatic nerve is incredibly beneficial to limit the pain and allow our physical medicine doctors to better manipulate your muscles to relieve compression on the sciatic nerve.

Trigger point injections for the treatment of sciatica is an advanced technique that should only be performed by a trained practitioner working in conjunction with a physical therapist. The physical rehabilitation is what will provide you the long-term relief, and the lidocaine injection is just a temporary measure to maximize the mobility benefits while rehabilitation occurs.  

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy, or rehabilitation, can often be an easily overlooked therapy since it doesn't require any fancy equipment, needles (unless utilized in conjunction with trigger point injections), or medication. However, integrating physical therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan is critical to achieving the pain-free results that you desire quickly and long-term.

By strengthening the stabilizing muscles of your lower spine in a controlled environment and in a balanced manner, your spine is positioned to function in the way nature intended. Through our physical therapy planning, our hope for you is that you are able to leave chronic pain behind and additional treatments will not be necessary several weeks, months, or years down the road.​

Take the Next Step Toward Pain Free Living

You are welcome to explore the links below to learn more about the services that we offer for our patients suffering from acute or chronic back pain.  However, if you need sciatica pain relief now, we invite you to schedule your own Back Pain Discovery Day on our calendar at the bottom of this page.  Or you can always call our office.

If your injury is severe enough to warrant a medical opinion from an orthopedic surgeon, we will be glad to refer you to one.  However, we generally find a natural approach to be just as effective and a less stressful recovery for the rest of your body.

From all of us here at the Institute for Functional Health, we looking forward to seeing you in our San Antonio pain management center very soon to help you get well & stay well.

In Health,

Dr. Jacob Torres DC, P.Sc
Founder, Institute for Functional Health

Dr. Khym B. Zarzuela, DO
Medical Director, Institute for Functional Health