Four signs you need physical therapy for sciatic nerve pain

Four Signs You Need Physical Therapy for Sciatic Nerve Pain

The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in your body, running from the lower back all the way down both sides of the lower body to the toes. This means that interference with this nerve and the resulting sciatic nerve pain can be highly debilitating since this nerve is responsible for such a high degree of sensory and motor information. 

There are many treatments that can help you find sciatic nerve pain relief, including physical therapy. Through targeted exercises, stretches and hands-on techniques, a physical therapist can help to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve to decrease pain and increase functionality. However, some people are reluctant to seek treatment due to a number of factors, including time, cost and the hope that symptoms will improve. 

At Franklin Rehabilitation, we’re committed to helping you make informed treatment decisions that can help you regain an improved quality of life. Take a moment to read this informative guide we’ve created and feel free to reach out to us with any questions or if you’d like to learn more. 

Physical therapy for sciatic nerve pain can help in the following cases 

People often seek out physical therapy for relief in these situations: 

  1. Other forms of relief are ineffective — Conservative treatments such as rest or hot/cold compression therapy are often the first things people attempt to find relief from sciatic nerve pain, but a physical therapist should be consulted if these are not relieving symptoms enough for normal functioning. 
  2. Pain has persisted for more than a few days to a week — It’s critical to seek treatment if symptoms do not improve in a short time to ensure that the condition does not worsen. Physical therapy involves techniques designed to promote the long-term health of the spine and lower body. 
  3. Symptoms are interfering with daily activities — If leg pain and tingling, numbness and weakness through the lower body are making it difficult to impossible to get through a day of work or spend time with loved ones, a physical therapist can work with you to find the relief you need. 
  4. Other injuries and lifestyle factors are involved — If you are also dealing with low back pain related to an injury, posture, repetitive motion or other contributor, physical therapy can offer a comprehensive approach to finding relief that involves treatment and education in and outside the clinic. 

Physical therapy for sciatic nerve pain with Franklin Rehabilitation 

When you come to Franklin Rehabilitation, our entire team has one goal in mind — to help you achieve wellness and get back to the healthy and active lifestyle you’ve been missing. We will help you create a personalized treatment plan if sciatic nerve pain is disrupting your life that involves one-on-one care and practical instruction. 

Learn more and make your initial appointment when you contact our caring and dedicated team today.