The hip joint is unique in that it’s almost always being put to use and bears weight with every step you take. Since it’s constantly moving, the hip joint is the second most commonly affected large joint in the body.
Sciatica is a term that describes the symptoms of low back and leg pain, sometimes accompanied by tingling, numbness, and weakness. The symptoms of sciatica originate in the lumbar spine and travel through the buttocks and along the large sciatic nerve at the back of each leg.
In truth, sciatica is not itself a medical condition, but rather a set of symptoms related to a plethora of other possible underlying causes. Some things that may contribute to sciatica include:
While these conditions have been identified as specific structural causes of sciatic nerve pain, sciatica can also arise from poor postural habits, weak core muscles, deficient movement mechanics and excessive sitting. Being overweight or obese and out of shape can predispose you to sciatica and low back pain.
Because sciatic nerve pain can be debilitating, many assume that surgery is the best solution. However, there is mounting evidence that surgery often does not resolve the symptoms of sciatica, because it does not get at the root cause. In other words, surgery is often undertaken to treat sciatica symptoms without offering a long-term cure.
The muscles, joints and nerves in your trunk and pelvis are closely interrelated, and sciatic nerve pain can originate in an area of your body far from the site of pain. Physical therapy can correct postural and movement dysfunction, and retrain your muscles to work in ways that protect your spine and provide integrity for optimal function.
Physical therapy seeks to identify and correct the underlying causes of sciatica, not just treat the symptoms.
At Back to Health, we offer the best physical therapy in Brooklyn. Our experienced professional team is well acquainted with sciatica and its symptoms, and we take an individualized multimodal approach to treatment.
If you are looking for physical therapy in Brooklyn, Back to Health has several convenient locations to meet your needs. You do not have to suffer with sciatica and its painful symptoms. Contact us today to make an appointment for a consultation. You will quickly learn why Back to Health offers the very best physical therapy in Brooklyn.
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