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Sciatica symptoms make some activities harder if untreated

Sciatica Symptoms and Treatment

Sciatica is a condition that often affects the lower back and legs. It occurs when the sciatic nerve roots in the lower back get pinched or irritated, and this condition can cause a burning pain that runs down the nerve. In many cases, people feel like their sciatica pain radiates from their lower back and all the way down the back of one leg. 

Physical therapists offer treatment options for sciatica symptoms. However, some people might decide not to take advantage of these treatments. This decision can lead to difficulty doing many normal daily tasks. 

Lack of sciatic symptoms treatment can impact normal daily activities

Besides its characteristic pain, sciatica can also cause symptoms like numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. Not getting treatment for these symptoms can have a negative effect on your daily life. For instance, untreated sciatica symptoms can make several normal daily tasks harder to do, including: 

  • Walking — The sciatic nerve sends movement messages to your leg muscles. However, sciatica can interrupt these messages and make it harder to move your legs. The pain it causes can also be increased by too much walking. 
  • Sitting — Sitting might seem like it’s good for sciatica, but it puts additional pressure on the lower back. In turn, this pressure can increase sciatic nerve irritation or pinching. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for some people to notice an increase in sciatica symptoms after sitting for a long period of time. 
  • Bending over — Think about how often you bend over to grab something from a lower kitchen cabinet or to pet your dog or cat. Sciatica symptoms can make every such movement more painful. Bending over can also aggravate sciatica and worsen your symptoms. 

Three sciatica symptoms treatments offered by physical therapists

Physical therapists can help you regain your ability to perform normal daily activities if you have sciatica. In fact, they offer many treatment options that can target sciatica symptoms. Here are three therapy methods that are often used to treat this condition: 

  1. Therapeutic exercises — Certain movements can aggravate sciatica, but there are others that can help your symptoms. Physical therapists can build you a program of therapeutic exercises. This program can offer reduced pain and other benefits to sciatica patients. 
  1. Manual therapy — This hands-on therapy is used by therapy specialists to move and manipulate many parts of the body. For instance, manual therapy can help reduce tension in lower back muscles. In turn, the release of tension can reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve and decrease your symptoms. 
  1. Aquatic therapy — Water has several properties that can benefit patients with sciatica. Aquatic therapy takes advantage of these properties. It can temporarily reduce the effects of gravity on the spine, which can help the lower back decompress naturally. The heated pools used for this therapy method can also ease tension in lower back muscles.

Find out all the treatments Border Therapy Services offers for sciatica symptoms

Do you want to find the most effective physical therapy plan for your sciatica symptoms? Our team at Border Therapy Services is ready and willing to help you. Each of our clinics offers complimentary screenings designed to pinpoint the root cause of your symptoms. We can also create an individualized treatment plan for you that’s designed to reduce your symptoms, and your plan could include therapy techniques such as: 

Don’t wait to start getting our help with your sciatica symptoms. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule your complimentary screening.