Sciatica is a condition where the nerves in the low back become inflamed and cause symptoms in one or more of these areas: the buttocks, thighs, legs or feet. Symptoms may be numbness, tingling, cold sensations, deep aches, or pain.
Approximately 80% of people have experienced low back pain at one time or another. It's considered the second most common reason people choose to visit the doctor's office. Oftentimes, low back pain is accompanied by sciatica.
Because the lower back is such an unstable part of the spine, it means it is much more susceptible to injury and pain. Sprained ligaments, ruptured disks, strained muscles, poor posture, mental stress, and obesity can cause pain in your lower back as well as sciatica.
How Chiropractic Can Help You
In order to properly heal your back, chiropractors perform "adjustments", or manipulations, to your spine. These treatments reduce or eliminate the inflammation on the nerve or in the surrounding soft tissue, like your muscles, tendons or ligaments. With the inflammation gone and your range of motion is restored, you can enjoy a pain free spine that's less likely to become arthritic as you age.
Dr. Schillinger uses a variety of adjusting techniques, which allows you to choose a treatment style that's most comfortable for you.
A major benefit of chiropractic care is that it does not require medications or surgery.
Because Schillinger Chiropractic and Wellness Center is focused on patient education, you'll learn the lifestyle changes you'll need to make (in exercise, diet, stress management) in order to maintain your spinal health on your own.
The first step to enjoying relief from Sciatica is to schedule a free consultation at our San Rafael office to discover if Dr. Schillinger can help you.