Sciatica is leg pain caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. The pangs begin in nerve roots located on either side of the lower spine, then course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of each leg from the buttock down to the foot.
When a disc develops a tear or crack and bulges into the spinal canal, it can pinch the sciatic nerve. Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, can also cause sciatic nerve pain by compressing part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
How Cahill Physical Therapy Can Help You
Targeted exercise is an important element in sciatic nerve pain treatment. Movement increases blood flow to the disc and the nerve, helping to rid the body of inflammation-causing chemicals.
The team at Cahill Physical Therapy works closely with your doctor to determine the ideal treatment regimen for your sciatic nerve pain.
Treatment program may include:
- Slow movement and flexibility exercises
- Leg strengthening exercises
- Core strengthening
- Postural training
As improvement begins, a plan to advance therapy is implemented to keep you moving and pain free.
Stress reduction can play an important role in recovery from injury. In addition to physical therapy, the right home remedy can help ease your discomfort further by improving circulation and relaxing muscles and joints.
Nutrition and weight control are also key players in your ongoing well being and physical fitness.