Of all the conditions causing Americans pain, sciatica is one of the most common. As many as 40% of adults in the United States experience sciatica pain at some point. Sciatica is a common complaint and ranges in severity from mild to severe. Depending on the severity and duration of your pain, you may be able to care for a sciatica flare-up with minimal treatment.
If you have moderate to severe sciatica pain, rest and self-care may not be enough. Our team of pain management doctors and specialists at Republic Spine and Pain offers a range of pain management solutions, including physical therapy. We offer pain management treatment from three convenient locations in Austin, Georgetown, and Leander, Texas.
How physical therapy can treat your sciatica
The sciatic nerve is the longest in the human body. It starts at the base of the lower back and runs down the length of each leg. Compression or pinching of the sciatic nerve causes sciatica. A herniated disc is a common cause of sciatica, but anything that compresses the nerve, like a bone spur or tumor, can also cause pain.
Physical therapy is recommended for sciatica to build strength and support in the muscles supporting the lower back, legs, and abdominal core. Depending on the cause and severity or if you have underlying injuries, physical therapy may also help with healing and improve your mobility.
Physical therapy can also improve some of the lifestyle factors that increase the risk of developing sciatica, like weight challenges, a sedentary lifestyle, or working at a job that puts strain and pressure on your lower back.
When to see a doctor for sciatica
Mild to moderate sciatica flare-ups often resolve with self-care. However, if your pain is intense and interferes with your ability to work and enjoy daily activities, contact us to schedule an appointment.
Pain management plans are designed on a case-by-case basis so that you receive the best results. Frequently, physical therapy is part of a comprehensive pain relief plan, along with medication and lifestyle modifications as needed. If you have secondary injuries or health issues contributing to your pain, additional treatments are available to target problem areas in your hips, neck, and lower back.
For more information about physical therapy and other sciatica treatment options available at Republic Spine and Pain, contact us today to schedule a consultation at one of our three convenient locations in Austin, Georgetown, and Leander, Texas.