Do you have radiating pain from your back into the buttocks? Does it travel down the back of the thigh? If so, these are symptoms of sciatica pain. This pain is often achy and is a result of the sciatic nerve being irritated, oftentimes the result of prolonged sitting.
Before you toss your office job in favor of a pain-free back, there are steps you can take to treat and prevent sciatica pain. Begin by adding more movement to your day. Stand up and walk around your desk for a full minute every hour on the hour. Do light stretches during your lunch break or take a short walk through the halls. When your back hurts due to sciatica, the solution is not to sit; rather, the solution is to get moving and rebuild your body’s strength and flexibility. Physical therapy can help.
Sciatica pain symptoms
Sciatica pain typically has one or more of the following symptoms:
- Low back pain that radiates down the leg
- Leg pain with burning and tingling
- Numbness in the leg or feet
- Continual pain on one side of the buttocks
- Sharp pain
- Trouble sitting and getting up
One of the tricky parts of identifying both the symptoms and treatment plan is that sciatica pain is actually a symptom of another underlying problem. Physical therapy is an important part of diagnosing and treating spine and back pain.
Sciatica pain treatment
Physical therapists use a variety of treatments to relieve your sciatica pain symptoms. Through the use of specialized hands-on techniques, our specialists at Armor Physical Therapy will work to improve your spinal and hip mobility, thereby reducing pressure on your sciatic nerve. Manual therapy and electrical stimulation may be incorporated to reduce inflammation and treat pain quickly. You may also learn gentle stretching and strengthening exercises to restore range of motion and strength.
At Armor Physical Therapy, it is our goal to get you back to your normal activities and equip you with the information and tools necessary to stop sciatica pain symptoms from returning. Following a one-on-one consultation and full evaluation, our specialists will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Contact us today to set up your initial appointment to discuss sciatica pain symptoms and treatment plans. It’s time to take the first step toward your recovery.