What is Sciatica Pain and How To Treat It

Sciatic pain or sciatica is many times referred to as ‘the pain that runs down the back of the leg.’ This is a pain caused by trapping the sciatic nerve in the lumbar region of the spine. The sciatic nerve runs down behind the buttocks, thighs and the legs. Therefore, the pain will be felt throughout the mentioned region causing major discomfort. Sciatica treatment at Back To Health in Brooklyn is carried out with the aim of reducing pain, restoring movement, strengthening weakened muscles and reducing tension.

What Causes Sciatic Pain

The main causes of sciatic pain are sciatic nerve entrapment in the lower spine or intervertebral disc herniation of this area. The pain from these events can be anything from mild to severe. While most commonly it affects only one side, many people will walk but with a limp and pain. Some describe the pain as burning, tingling or numbness which increases when sitting or bending. Although sciatica can be very painful, irritating and uncomfortable, it is very rare that it will cause any permanent nerve damage. However, the pain should be managed as soon as possible as it disturbs a person’s daily activities and also the quality of life.

Sciatica Pain Treatment

At Back To Health Physical and Occupational Therapy, our team of Physiotherapists approaches this condition using various techniques. These techniques assist in fast recovery and pain-free life. As sciatica is caused by the inflammation and pressure applied to the nerve, the treatments involve eliminating these two factors. Inflammation is eliminated using anti-inflammatory medications prescribed by physicians.  The pressure on the nerve will be released by physiotherapeutic techniques performed by the therapists.

The comprehensive approach of treating sciatica therapeutically involves spinal mobilization, massage therapy, and trigger point therapy. Also, stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices are used when necessary. Educating the patient on how to minimize pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve is very important on the road to recovery.

Spinal mobilization is carried out using manual therapy and it will help in restoring the joint mobility, short-term pain relief, and functional restoration. With deep manual interventions, the joint stiffness can also be tackled. Massage therapy, stretching and stimulation techniques are directed towards strengthening the weakened muscles.

Treatment at Back To Health Physical and Occupational Therapy

Sciatica treatment at Back To Health in Brooklyn also focuses on three main areas: strengthening, stretching, and aerobic conditioning. Once your therapist performs a full evaluation, she will create an individual plan of physical exercises. The strengthening exercises will not only strengthen your muscles but also will strengthen the spine and ligaments so that it will be easy to move. When the deep back muscles are strong, it can reduce pain as they support the spine. The stretching exercises are directed towards removing pressure on the nerve and relieving pain. When the spine is extended, and the gap between vertebral column increases the pressure on the nerve will be relieved. But, this cannot be accurately achieved via regular stretching you do during your workouts. Proper guidance is necessary. Low-impact aerobics will be introduced as the recovery is in progress.

Contact Back To Health Physical & Occupational Therapy in Brooklyn today at 888.538.0988 and let our team of professionals treat your sciatic pain and help you resume your daily activities with a vibrant health state.

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