If you are looking for sciatica treatment in Surprise, Vital Care Rehab can help.
How to obtain Sciatica pain relief often mystifies new sufferers.
Patients need help understanding that Sciatica is really “irritation of the Sciatic nerve,” and that this nerve “comes from either side of the lower spine and travels through the pelvis and buttocks, passes along the back of each thigh…(then) divides into branches at the knee, that go to the feet.”
Sciatica pain can flare up due to a rear-end-auto collision, from a blow to the lower back or hip, after a fall, from a sudden twisting of the spine, or from a herniated (ruptured) disc. Each sufferer can have a different pain experience when there is undue pressure on the Sciatic nerve. One person may get shooting pain “down the back of one buttock or thigh.” Another may have “mild aches.” Yet others literally jump from “sharp, burning sensations.” And, Sciatica is known to cause “numbness and tingling” in the affected areas.
Therapeutic Exercise Should Be Your First Choice
Advising exercise to patients with osteoarthritis or sciatica may be a highly recommended approach to treatment, but it’s an approach that may not be widely used by physicians, according to a recent factorial experiment (abstract). Researchers found that out of 192 primary care physicians studied, fewer than a third said that they would advise physical activity as part of a course of treatment for patients presenting symptoms of either condition. The results of the study were published online in early October in Arthritis Care & Research.
In the experiment, the physicians watched 2 videos of (actor) patients who presented with pain from undiagnosed sciatica or knee osteoarthritis that had been diagnosed. Afterwards, the physicians were interviewed to find out what recommendations they would make.
Results showed that 30.2% of physicians would give exercise advice to the osteoarthritis patient, and 32.8% would provide this advice to the patient presenting with sciatica.
As You Can See, Exercise, Isn’t Prescribed as Often as It Should Be
A physical therapist can guide those with discomfort through the following–or similar–exercises for Sciatica pain relief:
EXERCISES FOR THE LOWER BACK–Appropriate “spine alignment”–along with increasing “flexibility”–can decrease tension/compression on the Sciatic nerve. The therapists at Vital Care Rehab, will come up with a custom treatment plan based on your specific condition and limitations.
STRETCHING FOR THE PIRIFORMIS MUSCLE–This muscle–located “on top of the Sciatic nerve and within the buttocks”–can become so “tight” it irritates the nerve. Relaxing the Piriformis muscle with specific stretching and hands-on techniques, provided by our physical therapists, can help ease Sciatica pain resulting from Piriformis muscle issues.
STRETCHING THE HAMSTRING MUSCLES–These large muscles–which “run along the back of the thighs.” Given that the Sciatic nerve closely approximates the hamstrings, it’s common for Sciatica pain to increase the tone (or tightness) of the hamstrings. Specialized stretching techniques can help ease the tightness of these muscles and decrease Sciatic nerve related pain.
Conservative Care Starts with Vital Care Rehab
Contact us to learn more about Sciatica, and about other exercises and treatments to decrease your pain and promote healing.