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Sciatica Pain TreatmentRichmond, TX

Sciatica pain can significantly impact your day-to-day life. The pain can be so unbearable that it becomes incapacitating. It is not enough to address sciatica through medicine alone. You must also attack the root causes of the condition. For most people, physical therapy is the first line of defense in sciatica pain treatment.

Sciatica pain treatment is available at Polygon Physical Therapy Center in Richmond and the surrounding area. There is no need for you to go through this alone. Call us today at 832-547-2282 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.

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Understanding Sciatica

According to WebMD, sciatica is any radiating pain along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back and down to the backs of both legs. In most cases, sciatica (also sometimes called radiculopathy) will only affect one side of the body. It can be more of a collection of symptoms rather than one unified condition. It typically occurs when the sciatic nerve has been irritated or compressed.

Sciatica is a widespread type of pain. It affects up to 40% of people, and those who suffer from acute or chronic back pain are particularly susceptible. Individuals affected by sciatica will usually experience some inflammation, pain, and numbness. These minor cases typically improve or even resolve after a few weeks of non-invasive treatment. Major incidents may require surgery. Such individuals may have significant leg weakness or bowel or bladder changes.

Risk Factors for Sciatica

Some people are more susceptible to sciatica than others. These individuals may be older, obese, work physically demanding jobs, live sedentary lifestyles, or diabetic. As stated on the Mayo Clinic’s website, older patients are more at risk for sciatica due to age-related changes in the spine. Herniated disks and bone spurs, for example, are two of the most common causes of sciatica. Obesity also puts excess stress on the spine, which may lead to spinal changes that cause sciatica.

Those with physically demanding jobs are at higher risk for sciatica, especially if their work involves twisting the back, carrying heavy loads, or driving a vehicle for extended periods. However, more research is needed to confirm this. On the other hand, those who sit for prolonged periods or are otherwise sedentary are also more at risk. Diabetes also may increase the risk of sciatica by affecting the body’s blood sugar usage.

Symptoms of Sciatica

As mentioned earlier, sciatica can be considered a collection of symptoms. The trademark of sciatica is pain that radiates from the buttock to the back of the leg. However, affected individuals may feel discomfort virtually anywhere along the nerve pathway. They may feel mild aches, burning sensations, or intolerable pains. Coughing, sneezing, and prolonged sitting can worsen sciatica pain. Affected individuals may also experience numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness.

Healthline suggests that individuals seek immediate medical attention if they experience sciatic pain after a severe injury or accident. Additionally, sudden and excruciating pain in the lower back or leg should be cause for concern, especially when accompanied by numbness or muscle weakness. Finally, incontinence may be a sign of cauda equina syndrome, a rare condition in which a herniated disc presses down on the nerves having to do with the bowel and bladder.

Sciatica Pain Treatment and Physical Therapy

The first steps towards sciatica pain treatment are to identify the root cause of sciatica and spot the body’s points of immobility. There are several potential causes of sciatica, such as ruptured disks, spinal stenosis, and injury. Furthermore, sciatica usually immobilizes the lower back and hips. Physical therapy and exercise can help prevent flareups and further aggravation, promote healing, and provide symptom relief. Additionally, most sciatica pain will usually benefit from any stretches involving rotating the hips.

Sciatica pain treatment can come in various physical therapy modalities, including but not limited to chiropractic services, manual therapy, and aquatic therapy. All types of physical therapy, however, are aimed to help strengthen and mobilize the tissues in the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, pelvis, and thighs. A physical therapist can also help with posture correction and other lifestyle modifications as needed.

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If sciatica is interfering with your daily activities, you may benefit from seeing a physical therapist. Proper sciatica treatment can help resolve issues before they get worse. Call us today at 832-547-2282 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is physical activity an essential part of sciatica pain treatment?

When pain is excruciating, it may feel natural to keep yourself on bedrest. However, it is not generally advised to rest for more than a few days. Extended periods of rest or inactivity may worsen pain and decondition the muscles. Regular physical activity facilitates supplying healing nutrients to the injured areas.

What should I wear to my sciatica pain treatment session?

It is advised that you wear loose, comfortable clothing. This allows easy access for your therapist to manipulate the affected areas as necessary. Freedom of movement is critical in every physical therapy session.

How can posture affect sciatica?

Posture correction may be a necessary part of your sciatica pain treatment. Improper walking patterns can misalign the sciatic nerve, cause fatigue, and put excess stress on the lower back tissues. All of this may irritate or compress the sciatic nerve roots.

What should I expect from my initial sciatica pain treatment session?

During your initial sciatica pain treatment session, we will overview your medical history and ask any pertinent questions about your current condition. We will then ask you to perform some simple movements to assess your movement ability, posture, range of motion, and reflexes. We will also observe the way you walk. Afterward, we will create a customized rehabilitation plan for your needs.

How long does sciatica last?

The answer varies on a case-by-case basis. As mentioned earlier, many minor cases can resolve themselves after just a few weeks of treatment, while more severe cases may require surgery. In any case, seeing a professional is the only way to ensure you are on the path to recovery. Otherwise, you run the risk of aggravating your condition and worsening your prognosis.

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Polygon Physical Therapy Center is located at
7830 W Grand Pkwy S #270B
Richmond, TX

(832) 547-2282