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Sciatica Treatment

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Sciatica can be one of the most uncomfortable and debilitating pains to endure, but luckily there are many treatment options available, including physical therapy. If you suffer from sciatica, here’s what you need to know about receiving treatment through physical therapy so you can better cope with your condition as it progresses.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is a type of back pain caused by irritation of one or more of your sciatic nerve roots. Nerves are collections of nerve fibers conducting signals to and from your brain, through which they control muscle movement and sensation in parts of your body. They’re protected by bony coverings called vertebrae (plural for vertebra) that run down your spinal column. The spinal cord—your bundle of nerves—lies within these vertebrae, which protect it from injury and stress.

What Are The Symptoms of Sciatica?

Sciatic nerve pain is experienced on one side of your body and can be caused by a lumbar disc herniation. The sciatic nerve, which runs through your buttock, along your thigh and down your leg, controls sensations and movement in those areas. 

When you have back pain due to a herniated disc, it causes irritation in your sciatic nerve causing radiating pain that begins in your lower back and travels into different areas of your legs depending on where your herniated disk is located.

How is Sciatica Treated With Physical Therapy?

Non-surgical treatments are often recommended for sciatic pain. These treatments can decrease discomfort and allow patients to resume normal activities and avoid surgery. Many different treatment options exist, but it is essential that patients consult with a physical therapist who is trained in evaluation and management of lower back conditions prior to beginning treatment. 

The goal of physical therapy for sciatic nerve pain is to provide relief from symptoms and maintain flexibility, mobility, strength, endurance, coordination, posture control and cardiovascular health.

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How Pinnacle Physical Therapy Can Help

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Dr. Brian Murphy and his team of PT’s are experienced physical therapists in Little rock, Arkansas. Our physical therapists have diverse backgrounds with extensive experience treating spine and nerve-related conditions, such as sciatic pain, disc herniations, stenosis, spinal deformities and spinal injuries. They have helped many patients to obtain significant reductions in their pain levels through various conservative treatment options. 

Pinnacle Physical Therapy can help anyone who suffers from sciatic pain or lower back pain that doesn’t respond to basic treatments. Get on the road to recovery and schedule a consultation today.


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Hunter Allen

"Hands down one of the best experiences I've ever had with a doctor. For a bit of a background, I'm a 23 year old IT guy and have been one for about 5 years, so my job has me sitting quite a lot. Also, I injured my back quite badly about a year ago, and for 9 months I was unable to do any of the fun physical activities I used to do (climbing, running, going to the gym, etc) due to extreme sciatic pain. I simply couldn't extend my left leg at all and couldn't bend over to pick anything up. I was beginning to lose hope that I'd ever get better. I tried Chiropractic care, which DID help, but I was so weak that the results of the treatments wouldn't stick due to being immobilized for so long. Without muscle, bones simply won't stay in the proper position. Going to PT at Pinnacle helped me build my body back up to the point of being able to do everything I used to do on a regular basis, and now I've even started to go to a gym again! After the first visit, we both figured that it would take a very long time to treat this problem as the pain was so great and my mobility was so hindered, but due to his hard work and dedication I ended up gaining a lot of my mobility back just after 3 visits, which caught us both by surprise. As of today (visit #5, about a month and a half into PT) I am able to move like I used to, and in some ways even better than before. It's amazing to finally have my life back after the most annoying and painful year in my life. Please give him a try if you're in any pain, I know it can be intimidating if you haven't done this before, but you won't regret it."

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