Sciatica Specialist

Dana Robinson, DC -  - Chiropractic Medicine

Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center

Dana Robinson, DC

Chiropractic Medicine located in Redwood City, CA

Sciatica is easy to identify by the pain that radiates from your lower back down your leg. If sciatica affects you, get individualized treatment from the team at Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center in Redwood City, California. They effectively treat sciatica with chiropractic care such as spinal adjustments, non-surgical decompression, massage therapy, and other advanced techniques to promote soft tissue healing and relieve your pain. To learn more about your treatment options, call the Silicon Valley area office or schedule an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica refers to the radiating pain you feel when compression of the sciatic nerve occurs. The pain can travel down your lower spine, through each buttock and lead down each leg.

The sciatic nerve most often becomes pinched due to conditions such as:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Slipped disc or vertebra
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Traumatic injury

Of all the possible causes, a herniated disc is responsible for sciatica in 90% of patients.

What symptoms develop due to sciatica?

Sciatica is known for causing pain that starts in your lower back and shoots down your leg. Some patients describe it as a burning sensation, while others feel severe, electric-shock pain. You may also experience tingling and numbness along the nerve.

In most cases, sciatica only affects one leg. Your pain may get worse when you sneeze, cough, twist, or bend over. Prolonged sitting often aggravates the condition.

How is sciatica treated?

One of the first goals of chiropractic treatment is to relieve your pain by decompressing the nerve. Your individualized treatment may include one or more of the following.

Chiropractic care

Your provider at Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center may perform spinal adjustments to realign spinal vertebrae and relieve nerve compression. Depending on the cause of your sciatica, they may recommend spinal decompression, which may be done manually or with the state-of-the-art DRX9000. 

Spinal decompression gently stretches your spine. This movement restores space between each vertebra, frees the nerve, and promotes healing blood flow. Decompression is especially beneficial for treating a herniated disc as it creates negative pressure that pulls the herniated portion back into its normal position.

Massage therapy

Your individualized treatment may also include massage therapy to relax the surrounding muscles, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Electrical stimulation

The team at Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center uses electrical stimulation units to relieve pain and reduce muscle spasms.

Soft tissue treatment

Your provider may recommend treatment with specialized class 4 lasers, which safely penetrate soft tissues and stimulate biological responses that accelerate healing.

Rehabilitation

A customized regimen of structured exercises improves sciatica by strengthening the soft tissues that support your lower back.

Comprehensive and integrative chiropractic care can safely and effectively relieve sciatica. Schedule an appointment online or call Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center today.