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What is sciatica?

Though often confused with lower back pain, sciatica is a completely separate condition. It is caused by pinching in the sciatic nerve, and its effects can be felt anywhere the sciatic nerve reaches. Because the sciatic nerve expanses the lower back to the upper leg, sciatica can occur in a variety of body parts. If you believe you are suffering from sciatica, Advance Physical Therapy can help. Our expert team can provide physical therapy in Lindenhurst to minimize the negative effects of sciatica.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is most commonly caused by a herniated lumbar disc pressing on the sciatic nerve, but can be caused by any obtrusion on the sciatic nerve such as:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Tumors
  • Infections around the spine
  • Inflammation
  • Injury  

Sciatica symptoms

Sciatica is a serious and painful condition. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact our office today for a diagnosis:

  • Lower back or leg pain
  • Difficulty running
  • Hip pain
  • Lower back or leg numbness
  • Tingling sensation in the feet and toes
  • Poor bladder control
  • Weak knees
  • Lower spine swelling

How can physical therapy help?

At Advance Physical Therapy in Lindenhurst, our services include various treatment options for sciatica. One of these options is the common and well researched McKenzie Method. This method includes 3 very important steps:

  1. Assessment: Trained professionals will use specific movements to determine whether or not sciatica is the correct diagnosis. If sciatica is the diagnosis, the assessment will also determine the severity of the condition.
  2. Healing: One of our professionals will give you a number of recommended exercises. It is important to follow through with these exercises for the best results. Treatment in the healing step often includes strengthening, stretching, and aerobic exercises.
  3. Prevention: Once you achieve remission, it is important to use the information on sciatica you have learned in the future. The treatment used in the healing stage can be beneficial to help prevent sciatica from becoming recurring.

If you believe you are suffering from sciatica, our physical therapists with Advance Physical Therapy in Lindenhurst will give you the care and support that you need. Contact us to find out how our team can help you today!