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 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.
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:
Your care team uses a combination of methods to treat sciatica, including:
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.
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:
The team also helps you create a home exercise program to aid your recovery.
Sciatica can develop in anyone, and you can take steps to prevent the condition, including:
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.