Sciatica – Symptoms

By Andrew Heideman PT/ATC

Symptoms of Sciatica

Although pain or discomfort can occur at any point down the nerve pathway, pain typically flows from the lower back and buttock to the back of the thigh and calf in those experiencing signs of sciatica. Pain ranges from mild discomfort to a sharp, excruciating pain that can be triggered by everyday activities like sitting in one place for a long time and is usually only present on one side of the body. While mild sciatica may fade over time, you should call your doctor if pain lasts longer than a week or gets progressively worse. Seek immediate medical attention if this pain immediately follows a violent injury or if you experience sudden, intense pain and/or numbness or weakness in your lower back or leg.

To learn more about the low back anatomy, please watch this VIDEO.

Sciatic Nerve

Sciatic Nerve Anatomy


Physical Therapy For Sciatica by JOI Rehab

Pain in the low back can be caused by several things, one of which is sciatica. Just like there are many reasons for low back pain there are also many ways to treat it in Physical Therapy. For a more alternative treatment, JOI Rehab offers the ancient practice of acupuncture. Joint mobilization, which is a hands-on technique to improve mobility of the joint, is also 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 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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