Sciatica pain makes it difficult to walk, sit, or find a comfortable sleeping position each night. Dr. Justin Hartman of Hartman Family Wellness in Colleyville, Texas provides comprehensive sciatica treatments for men and women searching for long-term relief from this uncomfortable condition. Call or schedule a consultation online with Dr. Hartman for expert, natural pain relief.

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What is sciatica?

Sciatica is nerve pain from irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve begins from nerve roots in the spinal cord in the low back and extends through the buttock area to send nerve endings down the lower limb. Sciatica pain is typically felt from the low back to behind the thigh and radiating down below the knee.

What causes sciatica?

Pressure on the sciatic nerve is often the result of a herniated disc in your lower spine. Sciatica may also be a symptom of other conditions such as spinal stenosis (the narrowing of your spinal canal), bone spurs (small calcium deposits on the joints between the vertebrae in your low back), arthritis, or a muscle spasm of the piriformis muscle that the sciatic nerve pierces through deep to the gluteus maximus. Sometimes sciatica is the result of an injury to your spine, tumors, or a side effect of pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica typically affects only one leg and one side of your body at a time. Typical symptoms include any of the following:

  • Burning, tingling, or numbness in your leg, or behind your knee
  • Pain in one buttock
  • Pain on one side of your lower back
  • Radiating pain to your hip or thigh
  • A constant dull leg pain
  • Difficulty getting comfortable while sitting
  • Hip pain when lying down
  • Foot pain
  • Pain relief from changing sitting positions to relieve pressure

How is sciatica treated?

The treatment of your sciatica pain depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Hartman examines you first to determine if you have a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or another spinal condition that’s contributing to your sciatic pain. Then he recommends a comprehensive treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and focus on treating the cause.

Dr. Hartman’s recommended therapies include:

  • Intersegmental Traction Therapy
  • Spinal Decompression Therapy
  • Whole Body Vibration Therapy
  • Specific low back stretching exercises that relieve spinal pressure

Sciatica pain worsens over time if left untreated and can become chronic. If you have any of these symptoms, don’t wait until it becomes a debilitating condition. Call Hartman Family Wellness or go online to schedule a consultation today.