Sciatica frequently causes lower back and leg pain that develops when a herniated disc or other abnormal tissue compresses the sciatic nerve. If you have sciatica symptoms, visit One Life Chiropractic in Katy, Texas, for expert diagnosis and treatment. Skilled chiropractors Nathan D. Gomez, DC, and Brian Riggs, DC, use established chiropractic techniques alongside cutting-edge technologies to relieve nerve compression and pain. Call One Life Chiropractic or request an appointment online today to receive fast, effective sciatica treatment.

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What is sciatica?

Sciatica causes pain some people liken to an electric shock shooting from your lower back down through your buttock. The pain travels along the sciatic nerve’s path from the end of your spine, through your pelvis, and down the leg. The nerve extends into both legs, but most people experience sciatica pain in only one.

You might develop sciatica if something compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve. Common causes include:

Spinal misalignment

If one or more vertebrae (spinal bones) shift out of position, misalignment can interfere with the sciatic nerve. Misalignments or subluxations might result from car accidents, sports injuries, or falls.

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis means the narrowing of the spinal canal, the space that houses your spinal cord. Stenosis can occur if your spinal ligaments thicken or arthritis and bone spurs develop.

Another common cause of narrowing and nerve compression is herniated discs. These are damaged shock-absorbent discs between your vertebrae when the jelly-like core pushes through the outer layer into your spinal canal.

What symptoms might sciatica cause?

In addition to shooting back and leg pain, you may suffer from the following:

  • Tingling
  • Prickling
  • Pins-and-needles
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Reduced function

People with sciatica often find their buttock and leg pain is far worse than their lower back pain.

How is sciatica treated?

Chiropractic care is ideal for releasing the sciatic nerve pressure that causes sciatica. Your One Life Chiropractic provider uses techniques such as:

Lumbar decompression

Decompression is highly effective for sciatica caused by disc herniation. It uses traction to gently ease the vertebrae apart, allowing the herniated core material to move back inside the disc.

Manual manipulation

Manual chiropractic techniques use hands-on methods to restore spinal alignment.

The Graston Technique®

The Graston Technique is an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) treatment that uses specially designed instruments to release tissues and reduce internal scarring.

ArthroStim®

The ArthroStim is a hand-held device delivering fast, precise thrusts (around 12-14 per second). This stimulates neural receptor delivery to injured tissues, promoting faster healing.

Laser therapy

One Life Chiropractic uses grade IV deep tissue laser therapy to increase your body’s natural healing ability. The laser light penetrates your skin and underlying tissues, promoting cellular-level repair.

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy

PHYSIQ’s sequential thermal and electrical pulse (STEP) technology uses a super luminescent diode matrix (SDM) and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS).

Orthobiologics

Orthobiologics are substances extracted from your body or donated by healthy individuals. They include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which contains growth factors from your blood. Injecting these substances into damaged or degraded tissue stimulates healing.

Cupping

Cupping uses heated cups to create suction on your skin in specific areas, improving blood flow and healing.

Using these treatments, One Life Chiropractic provides fast, lasting relief from sciatica pain. Call the office or request an appointment online today.