Sciatica
Treatment in Asheville, NC

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Sciatica is a medical term that describes pain that is being produced by the sciatic nerve being inflammed or pinched. 

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Sciatica Treatment in Asheville, NC

1 on 1 Physical Therapy specializes in sciatica treatment here in Asheville, NC. So if you're in need of Sciatica Treatment, we'd love to connect with you! (828) 785-8388 

 

You May Be Asking, What is Sciatica?

 

Sciatica is a medical term that describes pain that is being produced by the sciatic nerve being inflamed or pinched.  Sciatica usually starts in the lower back, extends deep into the buttocks, and continues down the leg. 

Sciatica is unique in that it is a term used to describe discomfort that stems from the sciatic nerve. 

Sciatica is a symptom rather than the root cause. 

It's actually a phrase that describes a group of symptoms induced by a medical disease or an injury; it is not a medical diagnosis. 

 

Sciatica can be caused by a variety of medical issues, including the following: 

 

  • A herniated lumbar disc is a herniated disc in the lower back. 

  • Stenosis of the lumbar spine. 

  • Degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine, as well as general degenerative alterations in the vertebrae and discs. 

  • Spondylolisthesis. 

  • Lumbar and/or pelvic muscular spasms and/or inflammation. 

  • Dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint 

  • Sciatica can also be caused by tumors, blood clots, or other problems in the lower spine. 

 

In addition to the terminologies that identify the underlying diseases that produce sciatica, the phrases lumbar radiculopathy or radicular pain can be used interchangeably with the term sciatica. 

Rather than let things get worse, it is best to treat sciatica as soon as possible. There are surgical options for sciatica treatment; however, there are also nonsurgical options available. Nonsurgical techniques are usually attempted initially. When the underlying reason is severe and/or progressive, and neurological abnormalities such as limb weakness develop, surgery may be necessary. 

 

Sciatica Treatment That Isn't Surgical 

 

Physical therapy, medicines, therapeutic injections, and alternative therapies are commonly used as first-line treatments for sciatica. 

 

Nonsurgical treatment for acute sciatica usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. Sciatica Treatment for pain lasting more than eight weeks may take a longer physical therapy treatment, depending on the underlying cause. 

Sciatica Physical Therapy 

 

Physical therapy is vital to almost all sciatica treatment strategy, because of the fact that it combines strengthening with flexibility and some aerobic conditioning. 

 

Nonsurgical treatment for sciatica usually begins with a combination of physical therapy, medication, therapeutic injections, and other therapies. 

Physical therapy and exercises for sciatica have the following objectives: 

 

  • Lower back, abdominal, buttocks, and hip muscles should all be strengthened. 

  • Strengthen your core. 

  • Stretch hamstrings and other muscles that are tight and stiff. 

  • Light cardiovascular workouts like walking, swimming, or pool treatment can help the body exchange fluids and nutrients. While some rest or activity reduction may be required, it is critical to maintain as much activity as possible and to prevent long periods of inactivity or bed rest. 

Certain sciatica exercises may be tailored to the underlying reason. Trained health specialists, such as the physical therapists at 1 on 1 Physical Therapy, chiropractors, or certified athletic trainers, can assist in the development of an efficient treatment plan for sciatica pain relief through exercise and physical therapy.

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