Lower back pain that spreads into your hip and down the back of one leg is a telltale sign of sciatica. Led by chiropractor Josh Nelson, DC, the team at One Light Medical treats sciatica without drugs or invasive procedures. For holistic and conservative sciatica treatment, call the Lubbock, Texas, office or book an appointment online today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, a large nerve that branches from your lower (lumbar) spine and travels down the length of each leg. Usually, sciatica affects only one side of your body. 

Sciatica may feel like a bad leg cramp, a sharp, stabbing pain, or an electric shock-like sensation. Pain can last for weeks before it goes away and may worsen when you sit, move around, cough, or sneeze. 

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom of compression on the sciatic nerve, also called a pinched nerve. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc. Other conditions that may lead to pressure on the sciatic nerve include:

  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Not only does the team at One Light Medical treat your pain, but they also provide holistic care that corrects the underlying cause of sciatica. 

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

In addition to lower back pain and leg pain, sciatica may also cause the following symptoms:

  • Weakness in the affected leg
  • A tingling or pins-and-needles sensation
  • Numbness 

You may experience pain, numbness, or tingling in any part of your leg or foot. It’s also possible to feel pain in one part of your leg and tingling in another. 

How is sciatica treated? 

First, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. They may take an imaging test, such as an X-ray, to check for spinal abnormalities that may be causing your pain. 

Then, they discuss all your treatment options with you and answers any questions you may have. Depending on your specific needs, treatment for sciatica may include:

  • Chiropractic care, such as spinal manipulation or spinal decompression
  • Nutritional advice and weight loss counseling
  • Hot and cold packs
  • Massage therapy

the team at One Light Medical may also teach you stretches and strengthening exercises you can perform at home to prevent your symptoms from returning. About 80-90% of sciatica patients get better within a matter of several weeks without surgery. 

If sciatica makes it difficult or painful to move throughout your day, call the friendly staff at One Light Medical or book an appointment online today.