Sciatica Specialist

Fremont Chiropractic

Steve Abercrombie, DC

Chiropractor & Active Release Technique Specialist located in Fremont, CA

Sciatica can lead to more than pain; it also may cause numbness, tingling, and weakness. Steve Abercrombie, DC offers noninvasive treatments to relieve all of your sciatica symptoms at Fremont Chiropractic. For 15 years, Dr. Abercrombie has provided chiropractic care to the community of Fremont, California. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today so Dr. Abercrombie can take care of you, too.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica pain occurs when your sciatic nerve becomes inflamed. The sciatic nerve connects the spinal cord to your foot and leg muscles.

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in your body and originates on either side of your lower spine. Its path runs deep inside each of the buttocks all the way down each leg to your foot.

When inflamed, your sciatic nerve can cause tingling, numbness, and pain. That makes sciatica easy to diagnose because pain radiates along your sciatic nerve from your lower back through your buttocks, hips, and all the way down your legs.

Sciatica symptoms usually affect only one side of your body. The pain can range from mild to severe, and is often sharp, burning, or like electrical shocks. Sneezing, coughing, or prolonged sitting can exacerbate your symptoms.

When left untreated, sciatica can cause permanent nerve damage.

What causes sciatica pain?

Inflammation of the sciatic nerve can be the result of several problems, including herniated discs in your spine. The nerve can also become pinched by bone spurs on your vertebrae.

Factors that increase your risk of developing sciatica include:

  • A sedentary lifestyle or prolonged sitting
  • Changes in the spine related to aging
  • Stress on the spine due to obesity
  • Nerve damage from diabetes

Occupations that require heavy lifting, back twisting, or driving for extended periods of time may also trigger sciatica symptoms.

Can you prevent sciatica?

Protecting your back is integral to preventing sciatica. Dr. Abercrombie recommends healthy lifestyle practices that include:

  • Correct posture while sitting: support your lumbar spine, and keep hips and knees level
  • Regular exercise: strengthen your back and abdominal muscles for a strong core
  • Awareness of body mechanics: avoid simultaneous twisting and lifting, and lift with your legs

How is sciatica treated?

Sciatic nerve inflammation is very responsive to noninvasive care like chiropractic medicine.

Dr. Abercrombie has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating spinal issues that cause sciatica pain, including bone spurs and herniated discs. His clinic provides diagnostic testing such as in-office digital X-rays, with same-day appointments to expedite your diagnosis.

Following your diagnosis, Dr. Abercrombie identifies a personalized sciatica treatment strategy. That might include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Traction therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Active Release Techniques (ART®)

Dr. Abercrombie might also suggest corrective exercises for you to do at home to help support your in-office treatments.

Call Fremont Chiropractic today or schedule a consultation online to learn more about how chiropractic care can relieve your sciatica symptoms.