Sciatica

Sweetwater Sports Medicine of Oakbend Medical Center

Physical Therapist located in Sugar Land, TX

If you have pain that travels from your lower back down into your legs, you may be experiencing sciatica, due to a pinched sciatic nerve. Physical therapy is instrumental in alleviating this type of discomfort, and Sweetwater Sports Medicine at Oakbend Medical Center in Sugar Land, Texas offers targeted, specialized therapy for sciatica. Call the office or book an appointment online to get treatment for your pain.

Sciatica Q & A

Sweetwater Sports Medicine of Oakbend Medical Center

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition marked by pain that travels along your sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from your lower back, down your buttocks, and into your leg on both sides of your body. When you’re experiencing sciatic nerve pain, it usually only appears on one side of your body.

The condition is caused by a compression of your spine that pinches the nerve, which may be caused by a herniated disc or spinal bone spur. The pain you feel may be excruciating, but you can get relief with the right treatment.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The identifying symptom of sciatica is when you’re experiencing pain that starts at your lower back and travels through your buttocks and down your leg. The pain can feel like an electric shock.

You may also experience loss of bowel or bladder control and other symptoms in the affected leg, including:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Muscle weakness

How is sciatica treated?

Your care team uses a combination of methods to treat sciatica, including:

  • Medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy

Your doctor may recommend surgery, but only if you have loss of bowel or bladder control or if conservative treatments don’t relieve your pain.

How does physical therapy help sciatic nerve pain?

The team at Sweetwater Sports Medicine has specialized training in the physical treatment and management of sciatica. Each treatment plan and exercise program is designed to meet your specific needs and includes:

  • Improving your back posture
  • Increasing the strength of your back muscles
  • Stretching to improve your flexibility

The team also helps you create a home exercise program to aid your recovery.

Can I prevent the pain of sciatica?

Sciatica can develop in anyone, and you can take steps to prevent the condition, including:

  • Performing exercises to strengthen your core and back muscles
  • Using proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects
  • Maintaining correct posture

Sweetwater Sports Medicine at OakBend Medical Center provides guidelines to help prevent a recurrence of sciatica specific to you and your daily routine. If you need treatment for sciatica, call the office or book an appointment online.