Social Accounts Sprite
Langford Chiropractic, APC

 What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is one of the most common forms of pain caused by compression of the spinal nerves in the lower back, and the leg pain is usually much worse than the back pain. Dr. Stan G. Langford III is a chiropractor based in Chula Vista, CA, who uses laser-assisted treatment for quick sciatica pain relief, and a specialized chiropractic spinal decompression technique called Cox Flexion/Traction that bends and elongates the spine to reduce pressure within the disc, allowing rehabilitation and prevention of future recurrences.

Photo of person holding back in pain
Sciatica is a shooting pain that can go from the buttock into the leg, and sometimes into the foot.

Sciatica Symptoms

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body; it runs from each side of the lower spine through deep in the buttocks and back of the thigh, and all the way down to the foot. Sciatica commonly describes the symptoms such as:

  • Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of the rear
  • A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up

Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way to the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.

For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For others, the pain from sciatica might be infrequent but irritating. Pain from sciatica often begins slowly, gradually intensifying over time. In addition, the pain can worsen after prolonged sitting, sneezing, coughing, bending, or other sudden movements.

What Causes Sciatica?

Common causes of sciatica include:

Other factors that may make your back pain worse include being overweight, not exercising regularly, wearing high heels, or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft.

Sciatica related to joint dysfunction or bone misalignment is best corrected using chiropractic adjustments.

Sciatica Pain Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments commonly correct these dysfunctions allowing the supporting musculature to return to a healthy, balanced state. Sciatica related to joint dysfunction or bone misalignment is best corrected using chiropractic adjustments.

By using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore joints to a normal position and motion, the pressure placed on the nerve is quickly and painlessly reduced. This often results in immediate pain relief. Sciatica related to disc injury often requires additional treatment methods. 

Sciatica Nerve Pain Prevention

Consider these suggestions to help protect your back and improve your spinal health.

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain proper posture
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest
  • If you smoke, seek help to quit
  • Use good body mechanics when lifting

Chiropractic Adjustments for Sciatica

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of sciatica, we encourage you to call us at (619) 585‐3611. You can also contact us online to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Langford.

Get In Touch

Rate, Review & Explore

Chula Vista Office

359 3rd Ave
Ste C
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Open Today

Massage Only by Scheduled Appointments on Thursdays

Hours & Info Directions (619) 585-3611

Main Street Office

4360 Main St
Ste 209
Chula Vista, CA 91911-6575

Closed Today

Hours & Info Directions (619) 585-3510