Sciatica is a common condition that causes pain in the back and legs, among other symptoms. This article is focused on all things sciatica – what it is, its causes and symptoms, as well as treatment options (particularly physical therapy).
What is Sciatica & What Are the Symptoms?
Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed. The sciatic nerve runs from the bottom of the spine down both legs. Pressure from an injury or degenerative condition can cause pain and other symptoms. Symptoms of sciatica can include any or all of the following:
- Pain in the back, legs, hips, or buttocks
- Numbness or loss of feeling in the legs or feet
- Muscle weakness
Since sciatica is a nerve-related condition, it’s best to get a diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Treating Sciatica with Physical Therapy
Treating sciatica often requires a multi-faceted approach, and always begins with a proper diagnosis. If you don’t know precisely what’s causing the sciatica pain, your treatment plan may be unsuccessful. Once your doctor has narrowed down a sciatica diagnosis, they will walk you through your options for treatment. Some options for treating sciatica can include pain medications, steroidal injections, surgery, and physical therapy.
OrthoRehab Specialists has over twenty-five years of experience treating patients who suffer from sciatica pain. Our Minnesota physical therapists offer direct access to physical therapy care, which means you can make your appointment with us without a prescription from your primary care doctor. We also have existing relationships with over 600 referring physicians in the area who regularly entrust us with the continued care of their patients. Contact our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics today to set up your appointment and see what physical therapy can do for you!