Sciatica – Test and Diagnosis

By Jared Ernest Physical Therapist

Radiating pain, numbness, and/or tingling down the back of the leg can be indicators of sciatica. This can be caused by many different orthopedic conditions. A variety of differential tests, such as the passive straight leg raise and seated slump test, can be used to diagnose sciatic nerve pain.


Sciatica Physical Therapy Treatments 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. 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. Acupuncture, an alternative physical therapy treatment, is also useful in healing sciatica symptoms. 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.  If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045

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