Sciatica Specialist

Sciatica refers to pain that begins in your lower back and radiates down your legs, often branching out into the hips or glutes. The pain may wrap around to your shins or make its way into your feet or toes. While the root cause of sciatica varies, it’s most often related to nerve compression due to a herniated disk.


Whether your sciatica came on suddenly or is the result of gradual disc degeneration or other structural changes, finding a sciatica chiropractor could be just what you need to minimize your discomfort and regain control over your life.


Finding the Right Chiropractor for Sciatica in San Francisco


Dr. Swanson has extensive experience treating patients with sciatica. Using a mixture of modalities ranging from manual manipulations to ultrasound therapy, Dr. Swanson targets sciatic pain and the misalignments and other structural issues behind the discomfort. The result? Patients throughout the greater San Francisco area can finally break free from back pain and enjoy fuller, more active lifestyles.


Are you suffering from sciatica? Call our office at (415) 578-5375 and book your first appointment with Dr. Swanson. Your complimentary consultation awaits.

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Sciatica Q & A

Sciatica is a type of back pain commonly characterized by radiating pain that begins in the lower back and spreads down one or both legs, often affecting the hips, buttocks and even the feet. Some patients say sciatica feels similar to an electric shock; others describe the pin as a mild ache or an intense stabbing or burning sensation. The pain may be accompanied by numbness, tingling or muscle weakness, all of which may worsen after long periods of sitting or standing. Even a random cough or sneeze can make sciatica flare up — in other words, left untreated, sciatica can lead to long-term disability.

There are several possible causes of sciatica. The first is general wear and tear, otherwise known as the natural aging process. The second and more common cause is disc herniation, when one of the soft, fluid-filled discs cushioning your vertebrae either bulges out or ruptures, compromising the sciatic nerve. Other possibilities include muscle spasms, infections and tumors, though the latter two are fairly rare. In short, you could get sciatica from too many years sitting at your work desk or from a car accident or slip and fall.

As troublesome as sciatica can be, it can also be treated. Turn to chiropractic care for sciatica relief and you’ll soon discover that Dr. Swanson has the experience and knowledge to offer a number of effective, science-backed remedies. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Swanson will conduct a physical exam and ask a series of questions before forging a plan. The heart of chiropractic is manual manipulation, which is essential for realigning vertebrae, restoring movement, alleviating pain and soothing irritated nerves, but Dr. Swanson may also use ultrasound therapy and ice/cold therapy to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and encourage your body to heal from the inside out.

While sciatica can be extremely painful, it is also highly treatable by an experienced chiropractor. In fact, several studies have shown chiropractic care to be the most effective approach to remedying sciatica. Dr. Swanson begins with a thorough examination and discussion with the patient. From here, he creates a personalized treatment plan. In remedying sciatica, several modalities can be helpful. Foremost among these is the use of manual manipulations, which are at the foundation of chiropractic care. Manual manipulations are instrumental in restoring movement, alleviating pain and nerve irritability, and can realign vertebra to their proper position. Other approaches include ultrasound therapy, which provides a gentle heat created by sound waves that penetrate the tissue to increase circulation, and manual manipulations and the application of ice/cold therapy to reduce inflammation.