Sciatica Specialist

Dr. Scott Swanson, located in the Mission District of San Francisco, has extensive experience in treating sciatica pain. A top-rated chiropractor serving patients throughout Mission District, SoMa, Hayes Valley, and the greater San Francisco area, Dr. Swanson has effectively alleviated sciatica pain for countless patients across the city.

Sciatica chiropractic therapy for San Francisco, Mission District, Soma and Hayes Valley

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Sciatica Q & A

Sciatica is one of the most common types of back pain treated in our office. Sciatica varies widely in intensity, from a mild ache to a stabbing, burning intense sensation. The pain typically starts in the lower, or lumbar, back and radiates down the sciatic nerve that branches through the buttock and down one or both legs. Some patients liken the feeling to an electric shock. Some also experience tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness. Often, pain intensifies after long periods of sitting or with a sneeze or cough. Untreated, sciatica can be a major source of disability and impairment.

A number of factors can cause sciatica. It can be the result of general wear and tear or a sudden movement, such as lifting or twisting, that puts pressure on a disc. Other common causes of sciatica include bone spurs on the spine, a herniated disc, or a narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis). These conditions compress part of the sciatic nerve, which in turn causes pain.

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.