Sciatica – Risk Factors

By Jared Ernest Physical Therapist

Risk factors related to Sciatica

  • Age: Sciatica is more common between the ages of 30 and 50, and age-related changes in the spine such as bone spurs and herniated discs can cause sciatica.
  • Obesity: Higher body weight puts excess stress on the spine, contributing to spinal changes.
  • Occupation: Jobs that require you to carry heavy loads, twist the spine, or drive a motor vehicle for long periods of time contribute to spinal problems.
  • Diabetes: Those with diabetes are more prone to get sciatica because of the increased risk of nerve damage.
  • Sedentary lifestyles: Those who sit for long periods of time put excess stress on the lower back and legs, making them more prone to get sciatica.


JOI Rehab Physical Therapy Options For Sciatica

Sciatica in the low back can be painful. Despite this fact, there are 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. The thousands plus year old art of acupuncture is also something JOI Rehab offers to treat sciatica injuries. Ergonomic education is also important in treating low back pain, as the source of most of the pain comes from how people sit and/or stand for extended periods at a time. Laser therapy is another option in treating sciatica. 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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