Sciatica pain can stop you in your tracks — it often seems to come out of nowhere. Dr. Harris Meyer of Body Focus Health Center, located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, is an expert with over two decades of experience in alleviating the painful symptoms of sciatica.
Sciatica Q & A
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Your sciatic nerves run from your buttock all the way down the back of your leg. When it gets compressed, you’ll probably be in pain. Sciatica usually causes sharp shooting pains that run down the back of one of your legs. Pain can even go as far down as your heel. Sometimes, sciatica leaves you with weakness, tingling, or numbness in the affected leg. For most, sciatica gets worse when you stand or walk for an extended period.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
Dr. Meyer will talk with you about your symptoms and have you go through a series of movements to see what triggers your pain. Usually, he can tell right away if you have sciatica issues. To further help with the diagnosis though, he might want you to have an X-ray, which can be done right in the office. Imaging helps him see if your sciatica is caused by a bone spur, compressed disc, or other bone abnormality. This way, he can put together a treatment plan that heals all of the issues you’re having.
Can chiropractic sessions help me?
Yes! When you have sciatic nerve pain, you need treatment that takes the pressure off that nerve. Chiropractic adjustments are one way of doing that. Dr. Meyer will manually manipulate your spine so that your vertebrae align correctly. This takes pressure off compressed nerves throughout your body and you might feel an instant release of pain. Chiropractic sessions also include soft tissue treatments. This is important for sciatica treatment because you need to relieve swelling that’s causing compression on the nerve. Dr. Meyer can include soft tissue healing options such as ultrasound, massage therapy, static stretching, electrical stimulation, or cold laser therapy.
You’ll likely spend some time learning exercises that can help prevent future issues with sciatica. These exercises work by strengthening your back, improving your flexibility, and correcting your posture. For some, sciatica stems from being overweight. If this is the cause for you, Dr. Meyer can put together a wellness and weight loss plan that’s customized for your body. You’ll work one-on-one with him to start losing weight and getting your sciatica pain under control.