Sciatica – Treatment
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Treatment and drugs
If pain doesn’t decrease with self-help measures such as rest and stretching, the following treatment options are available for patients:
Medications: Please consult your physician for appropriate medications.
Steroid Injections: Also known as corticosteroids, these can be injected around the affected nerve root in order to suppress inflammation and reduce pain.
Physical Therapy: Our physical therapists at JOI can assist you with managing your pain and can design an exercise program to help you avoid future injuries. These programs typically include exercises to strengthen the back, improve your posture and increase flexibility. Find a JOI physical therapy location here. Another option offered by JOI is acupuncture, available at our San Marco and South rehab offices (Note: not typically covered by insurance).
Surgery: This is a last resort if pain is still present or worse after medication and therapy.
JOI Rehab’s Conservative Physical Therapy Options for Sciatica
Sciatica is a common injury in the lower back that causes pain. 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, which is performed by licensed massage therapists, has become much more popular in treating low back pain injuries such as sciatica. 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. Lastly and perhaps most importantly is to live a healthy lifestyle. Eat a healthy diet and exercise as much as possible. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045
- Risk Factors
- Test and Diagnosis
- Lifestyle Changes and Home Remedies
Where is Telemedicine frequently used?
All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.
- To schedule a new patient or follow up patient appointment with your MD, please call (904)JOI-2000 or read more here about our orthopedic telemedicine providers.
- To schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call 904-858-7045 or call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.