Sciatic pain is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve, which passes from your lower back through each buttock and down each leg. Physical therapy treatments focus on decreasing pain and muscle spasms around the affected area (back and/or legs), improving their strength and endurance by conditioning and stretching certain muscles (including deep core abdominal muscles), increasing flexibility, correcting any postural imbalances to take pressure off the lower back/leg muscles, and improving the function of daily activities (such as walking).
Physical therapy can help you manage these issues, including:
- Exercises to increase flexibility in certain areas to decrease the pressure on the sciatic nerve
- Improvement in posture to take pressure off the lower back/leg muscles
- Strengthening exercises to increase strength and endurance of leg/thigh, hip/buttock, and deep core abdominal muscles (which support proper posture)
- Manual therapies
- Modalities including heat, ice, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation
- Patient education regarding activities, posture, and biomechanics
Greendale Physical Therapy, LLC helped me regain the strength in my ankles and feet to keep me walking and continue to exercise and golf. The staff are all well skilled, pleasant, and supportive. I would highly recommend them to my friends for PT. They are a great group!
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