Sciatica not an injury on its own, but rather a symptom of potential problems in the back, pelvis, and hip. It causes pain to travel down the buttocks and to the back of the leg. Discomfort can originate from pressure on the sciatic nerve and can range from mild to severe. If you suffer from pain from sciatica and you need a physical therapist in Sparrows Point, the staff at Comprehensive Spine & Sports Center in Essex can help you.
Causes and Symptoms of Sciatica
A herniated disc, narrowing of the spinal cord, work or auto injury, pregnancy, and a disease that wears away at the cushions in the spine are all causes of sciatica.
Symptoms include lower back pain, tingling down the leg, weakness in the foot, a shooting or burning pain that makes it difficult to stand, and constant pain on one side of the rear. It may difficult to sleep, sit, or stand due to the pain and coughing and sudden movements may worsen it.
Tips to Relieve Sciatica Pain
The best recommendation to reduce sciatica pain is to visit a physical therapist for a full evaluation. We will work with you in to develop a treatment plan for in-office and at-home exercises to improve your condition.
Some people they find relief from variety of stretches and alternating between applications of both heat and ice. Knees to chest, cobra pose, and a seated spinal twist, and knee to shoulder stretches can be used to alleviate pain.
First, lay on your back with your knees bent and soles on your feet placed on the floor and then slowly bring your knees to your chest. To do cobra pose, lie on the floor extend your legs and push through your palms, leaning your head back. The seated spinal twist requires you to sit on the floor with your legs together straight out ahead of you. Bend one knee and place it over the other leg and lean towards the bent knee. Do each stretch for 15 seconds.
When the pain begins, ice the area for 20 minutes several times a day. After three days, switch from ice to a heating pad.
Looking for a Physical Therapist in Sparrows Point?
When pain from sciatica becomes too much to bear, it is time to visit a physical therapist. Dr. Cohen and the staff at Comprehensive Spine & Sports Center in Essex have over 30 years of experience working to make lives better. We treat people with work, auto, and sports injuries. Come to us for physical therapy, aquatic therapy, and chiropractic services. Additionally, we offer dry needling and nonsurgical spinal decompression as well. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!