- Sciatica results from the irritation or inflammation of the nerve roots emerging from the lumbar spine in the lower back. Common causes of this irritation include a herniated disc, bone spurs due to degenerative changes, or some form of injury. The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back down to the legs and feet.
- Typically experienced on one side or leg, sciatica predominantly affects individuals aged 30 to 50, although it can impact people of all ages.
- While sciatica is often described as a pinched nerve, the majority of cases stem from inflammation rather than direct compression. It's crucial to note that a compressed nerve in the lower back is a more severe condition requiring prompt attention.
- Encouragingly, most individuals recover from sciatica. However, the challenging aspect is that many will experience recurring episodes, and the condition tends to worsen with each occurrence. At Ried Physical Therapy, our dedicated physical therapists not only address your symptoms but also delve into the root cause of the issue. Our goal is to equip you with effective tools to alleviate your pain and prevent its recurrence in the future.
Finding sciatica relief through physical therapy
Sciatica is commonly perceived as a painful condition, but its impact extends beyond pain to affect mobility, strength, gait, and balance. Seeking the guidance of a physical therapist is crucial.
Our skilled physical therapists will conduct a comprehensive examination, assessing your body's range of motion, identifying weaknesses, gauging the location and severity of pain, and noting any deviations from normal functioning. It's equally important to evaluate nerve function and mobility to detect any restrictions or limitations.
Tailoring treatment plans to your unique situation and sciatica symptoms, our physical therapists may employ targeted manual therapy techniques and specific mobility exercises to alleviate tissue stiffness and enhance joint mobility.
Education is a key component of our approach. We will provide insights into your specific condition and equip you with exercises to practice at home, promoting muscle strength and tension reduction.
Our primary objective is to assist you in finding relief from sciatica pain, facilitating a swift return to your daily life.