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Sciatica FAQs at Reimer Wellness Center in Los Altos

Here at reamer Wellness Center in Los Altos, our chiropractor can diagnose and treat your sciatic nerve pain with non-invasive treatments and therapies.  Here are a few of the most common questions we receive about the spinal condition.

Man with Sciatica pain in his quads and lower back.

What Does it Mean to be Diagnosed with Sciatica?

When a medical professional tells you that you have sciatic, what they are saying is that you have a compression of your sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower back and travels to the buttocks where it branches down both legs.  The diagnosis of sciatica only means that you have a compression or irritation of your sciatic nerve.  It does not tell you why your sciatic nerve is irritated.

What Are the Common Causes of Sciatica?

Sciatica can be caused by several different back injuries and conditions.  The most common cause is a herniated disc.  When the disc herniates or bulges, the displaced disc material can pinch or compress your sciatic nerve.  Other causes of sciatic nerve pain include degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, dysfunction of the SI joint and extremely tight buttock muscles (piriformis syndrome). A thorough physical evaluation that includes x-rays can help diagnose the causes of your sciatic nerve pain.

What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Sciatica typically causes lower back and leg pain.  You may also experience burning, numbness or tingling down your legs and have difficulty walking.  The pain tends to get worse after long periods of sitting.

Are There Certain Age Groups that Are More at-risk for Developing Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Older individuals are more likely to develop sciatic nerve pain.  It is extremely rare to see someone with sciatic nerve pain who is younger than 20.  Most cases occur after the age of 40.  However, if your lower back pain is accompanied by leg pain, you may have a compression of your sciatic nerve, regardless of your age.

What Non-Invasive Treatment Options does Your Chiropractor Offer?

Our chiropractor offers several treatment options to help with your sciatic nerve pain, including chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy and corrective exercises.  These treatments are designed to help reduce your symptoms while encouraging your body to heal.  Your treatment program will be tailored to the causes of your sciatic nerve pain and your individual needs and wellness goals.

How Long will I Need Sciatica Treatment in Los Altos?

Our chiropractor will tailor your sciatica treatment in Los Altos to your specific needs and adjust your program as your symptoms improve.  Most individuals need several weeks of treatments before they notice significant improvements in how they feel.

How do I Schedule an Appointment with Your Chiropractor in Los Altos?

To schedule an appointment with our chiropractor in Los Altos, call us at 650-492-6067.  We would be happy to schedule an appointment time that is convenient for you