Sciatica at Town Physical Therapy 

At Town Physical Therapy, we understand the challenges faced by individuals dealing with sciatica, a painful condition caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can cause sharp pain, numbness, tingling sensations, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet. At Town PT , our team of skilled therapists specializes in providing comprehensive sciatica treatment to help our patients find relief and improve their quality of life.

Definition

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back through the hips and down each leg. This pain typically occurs on one side of the body and can vary in intensity, ranging from mild discomfort to severe, debilitating pain. Sciatica is often caused by conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or muscle tightness that compress or irritate the sciatic nerve.

Symptoms

At Town PT, symptoms of sciatica may include:

  • Sharp or shooting pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips, legs, or feet
  • Numbness or tingling sensations along the sciatic nerve pathway
  • Muscle weakness, especially in the legs or feet
  • Difficulty standing up or walking due to pain and discomfort
  • Worsening pain with movements like sitting, standing, or bending
  • Radiating pain that travels from the lower back down to the legs

These symptoms can significantly impact daily activities and mobility, affecting the overall well-being of individuals with sciatica.

Causes

Sciatica can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Herniated or bulging discs that put pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that compresses the nerve roots
  • Degenerative disc disease, leading to disc wear and tear and nerve irritation
  • Muscle spasms or tightness in the lower back or buttocks
  • Trauma or injury to the spine, such as a fall or car accident

Identifying the underlying cause of sciatica is essential for developing an effective treatment plan.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing sciatica involves a thorough evaluation by a healthcare professional. At Town PT, our experienced therapists conduct comprehensive assessments, which may include:

  • Physical examination to assess pain levels, range of motion, and neurological function
  • Review of medical history and symptoms to understand the onset and progression of sciatica
  • Diagnostic tests such as imaging studies (X-rays, MRI, CT scans) to identify structural abnormalities or nerve compression

A precise diagnosis helps us tailor a personalized treatment approach for each patient’s specific needs and goals.

Offering the most comprehensive “Sciatica” treatment

At Town Physical Therapy, we offer the most comprehensive sciatica treatment options to address our patients’ unique needs and symptoms. Our treatment approach may include:

  • Manual therapy techniques to reduce pain, improve spinal alignment, and release muscle tension
  • Therapeutic exercises and stretches to strengthen core muscles, improve flexibility, and promote healing
  • Modalities such as heat therapy, cold therapy, or electrical stimulation to alleviate pain and inflammation
  • Posture education and ergonomic guidance to prevent future episodes of sciatica
  • Home exercise programs to empower patients with self-management strategies and ongoing support

Our goal is to help our patients with sciatica regain mobility, reduce pain, and improve their overall quality of life. At Town PT, we are committed to providing compassionate care and effective treatment to support our patients on their journey to recovery from sciatica.

For appointments and more information, visit town-pt.com

Town Physical Therapy Locations:

Maywood, NJ | Emerson, NJ | Bergenfield, NJ | Clifton, NJ | Paramus, NJ

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We have a team of highly trained and experienced professionals.

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