Sciatica Specialist

Primero Spine + Joint

Integrated Health & Wellness Center located in Jacksonville, FL

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. If impacted, it can cause shooting and continuous pain up and down your body, making it very hard to do anything. Dr. Gabriel Busquets at Primero Spine + Joint in Jacksonville, Florida, offers men and women real solutions to resolving sciatic pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more about treatment options.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to an irritation of the sciatic nerve caused by a compressed nerve in the lower spine. When the sciatic nerve is affected, you can experience shooting pain from the lower back to just below the knee, as the nerve controls the muscles in the lower legs and is responsible for sensation.

These are two kinds of sciatica:

  • Acute, spontaneous and lasts up to a couple weeks
  • Chronic, lasts longer than three months

Remember: Sciatica is not a condition rather a symptom of sciatic nerve damage.

What causes sciatica?

There are multiple causes of damage to the sciatic nerve, including:

  • Tightening of the piriformis muscle
  • A sports injury
  • Narrowing of canals in the spine
  • Tears in the disc wall
  • Stress fracture
  • Herniated disc

The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc, which means that your spinal disc has bulged or ruptured, leaving your disc wall weak and more prone to compressing nerves.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The most common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Numbness along the nerve in the leg
  • Tingling feet and toes

While these two symptoms are two of the most common, they vary in intensity and worsen if you are seated for long periods of time.

What is the most effective treatment for sciatica?

Most doctors opt for the medicinal route to treat sciatica. Dr. Busquets uses alternative approaches to medicine, first identifying other ways to manage complicated sciatic issues.

Dr. Busquets is trained in performing Cox Flexion Distraction Technique, a non-surgical spinal adjustment that contributes to the restoration of joint and muscle motion.

He applies pressure on specific areas of the back to realign the spine, gently stretching the lower spine to decompress discs. Through a repeated stretching and thrust motion, Cox Flexion Distraction Technique is a highly effective anti-inflammatory technique that requires zero medicine.

Dr. Busquets may recommend additional sciatica treatments, including:

  • Walking or light stretching
  • Hot/cold compression
  • Physical therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Sciatica is a severely debilitating symptom of nerve damage. Don’t wait for the pain to get worse. Get in touch with Primero Spine + Joint today or book an appointment online.