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Treatment options for pain of sciatica
Richard DiGiacomo Jr., For The InquirerPosted: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 8:51 AM
Q: I thought I pulled a muscle in my leg, but it turns out I have sciatica. Will it go away on its own?
A: Sciatica is often a generic term for nerve pain, or numbness and tingling, down one or both legs.
The symptoms of a pulled or strained hamstring muscle may mimic those of sciatica, a pain that radiates from the sciatic nerve and often indicates bulging or herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or a pinched nerve.
Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating.
The condition usually heals itself, given enough time and rest.
The goal of treatment is to decrease pain and increase mobility. Treatment often includes physical therapy and the use of medicine to treat pain and inflammation.
A customized physical therapy program helps find exercise movements that decrease sciatic pain by reducing pressure on the nerve and strengthening the muscles of your back, abdomen, and legs.
One of the most effective forms of physical therapy is a movement and posture-based approach called Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, or the McKenzie Method. Through specific active motions or postures of the spine, a physical therapist can determine the source of your pain.
Each persons exercise program is unique, and tailored to what works for them.
The goal of therapy is for the patient to be self-treating their back or leg pain through the specific spinal movements and practicing good posture to decrease pain and prevent future flare-ups.
Patients with back pain and sciatica often delay care. So symptoms can worsen over time.
If you think you have sciatica - pain in one or both legs, with or without low back pain - seek a referral to physical therapy from your primary care doctor.
Richard DiGiacomo Jr., is a physical therapist at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. 215-748-9160 Previous Story:Check Up: Unbroken ICU sleep lessens deliriumNext Story: Sex myths teens sometimes believe Richard DiGiacomo Jr.For The Inquirer #post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-reddit {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 60px !important;height: 20px !important;margin-right:8px;}#post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-email {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 71px !important;height: 28px !important;}0 comments


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