Sciatica – Causes

By Jared Ernest Physical Therapist

Causes of Sciatica 

Image of the spine and herniated disc

Sciatica Causes

A herniated disc is one of the most common causes of sciatica, but even little things like carrying a wallet in your back pocket can contribute to this condition. Along with a herniated disc, the most common causes of sciatica include degenerative disc disease, isthmic spondylolisthesis, lumbar spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. No matter what the root cause is, sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated.

JOI Physical Therapy Treatments For Sciatica

Piriformis syndrome and sciatic nerve

A very common area for pain is the low back and it is often called Sciatica.   Just like there are many reasons for low back pain there are also many ways to treat it in Physical Therapy. Joint mobilization, which is a hands-on technique to improve mobility of the joint, is used to treat low back pain and sciatica.  Medical massage is becoming a more common way to treat pain in the lower back as well. Ergonomic education is important in treating low back pain, as the source of most of the pain comes from how people sit and/or stand for long periods of time. Lastly and perhaps most importantly is to live a healthy lifestyle.  Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045

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