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Sciatica and Chiropractic Care - Your Top Questions Answered

We often get asked about sciatica and how chiropractor care can aid it. Before we go into the most common questions, let us first address what sciatica is and its symptoms. 

Sciatica is a condition that affects your sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg. It is caused by irritation of the roots of your lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine.

Some of the symptoms of sciatica includes:

• Pain in the leg or rear that gets worse when you are sitting
• Burning or tingling projecting down your leg
• Feeling weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving your leg or foot
• A constant pain on one side of your rear
• A shooting pain that makes it difficult for you to stand up

Most often, sciatica affects only one side of your lower body. The level of pain can range from infrequent to severe, and the pain can get worse over time. Regardless, the pain should not be ignored and you should have someone look at it. 

Here at the Scandinavian Health Institute, we have helped patients worldwide with sciatica pain. Some of the most common questions we get are:

1. Should a patient with sciatica choose chiropractic care?

A patient should see a chiropractor if he/she is suffering from sciatica. Of all the health care professionals, chiropractic is probably the best alternative to address sciatica.

Understanding the spinal column is in dynamic co-ordination with the extremities and its own intersegmental movements is the key to full spine and extremity adjusting, soft tissue work, neuromuscular reeducation, stretching, rehabilitation, etc.

2. What is the benefit of chiropractic care on sciatica?

There are many different causes of Sciatica. Chiropractic care can be very effective at treating many of them. As a chiropractor focuses on the clinical biomechanics (the way the body with its muscles and joints move in coordination with each other), identifying unfavorable movement patterns and then address them in forms of training and stretching, soft tissue techniques, stretching, exercise, diet and lifestyle advice all get woven into the fabric of a chiropractic office visit. This is a preventative benefit.

There will (in most cases) be a physical reason for sciatica, it is important to identify this physical reason. If you have a rock in your shoe putting pressure on your toes, taking painkillers will not fix that problem, but it might help in conjunction with chiropractic care, not excluding physical therapy or acupuncture.  

3. What treatments are used by chiropractors to relieve sciatica? 

Manipulation (cracking), adjusting is a synonym, is the core part of what chiropractors do. In addition, chiropractors can utilize stretching, soft tissue techniques, combined with exercise, diet, and lifestyle advice. It all gets woven into the fabric of a chiropractic office visit. Some chiropractors might also use physical therapy modalities like TENS, Graston, KT taping, and more. 

Here at the Scandinavian Health Institute we specialize modern, Scandinavian chiropractic care, where we work hard to find the root cause of your pain. We service Los Angeles (including Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Mid-City, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Hancock Park, and Larchmont Village) with in-office and home visits. To book an appointment, go here.

4. How can a chiropractor determine if a patient has sciatica?

Chiropractors are scientifically educated doctors, who are very aware of the pathologies of disease. Alongside a thorough history taking, they will be conducting an adequate orthopedic, functional assessment, and neurological examination. These findings will determine the x-rays and other tests required to make a proper diagnosis. 

We are passionate about helping you with your sciatica pain and have many years experience with sciatica patients. If you are looking for chiropractic care for your sciatica, you can book an appointment with Scandinavian Health Institute here. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (310) 750-9887.

Dr. Kverneland is the chiropractor that founded Scandinavian Health Institute in Los Angeles. He has a doctorate from the Southern California University of Health and is in the process of being certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine. He has been featured in Thrive Global, Medium, Voyage, and more.