Sciatica Pain Relief in Layton, Syracuse, Farmington, and Roy
Sciatica pain occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched, damaged, or irritated. Individuals experiencing sciatic pain often encounter it in the legs, hips, buttocks, and feet. Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy specializes in treating sciatica pain in our four Northern Utah physical therapy locations.
What is Sciatica?
There are two large nerves in the lower back that exit on the left and right spinal column. These nerves are called the sciatica nerves and the body’s largest nerves, providing sensory input and motor control to the legs. The sciatica nerves can become inflamed and irritated, leading to pain and can cause problems with movement. If the sciatic nerve is compressed, proper treatment is needed to relieve the pressure and reduce pain.
Common Sciatica Pain Injuries
Sciatic nerves are found in the lower back, but not everyone suffering from sciatic pain will suffer lower back pain or spinal pain. Typically sciatica symptoms include:
- Pain in the legs, buttocks, and feet. Patients often report feeling tingling, shooting, sharp, tingling, and burning pain.
- Weakness in the legs
- Decreased movement in the legs and hips
- Tingling sensations and numbness in the legs and buttocks
- Pain that worsens with movement
Patients can experience additional symptoms, including tenderness, stiffness, limited range of motion, and muscle spasms. Depending upon your body, patients can feel sciatica pain following prolonged bouts of standing and sitting or waking in the morning.
What Causes Sciatica Pain
Sciatica pain can be caused by several conditions depending upon your age, daily activities, and more. Sciatica commonly affects one side of the body, but some patients can experience pain on both sides. Proper treatment for sciatica is necessary to reduce pressure causing inflammation to the nerves. Common reasons patients experience sciatica pain include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Muscle spasms
- Injury (such as injuries sustained in a car accident)
- Repetitive motion, especially careers where individuals must lift heavy objects or need to stand or sit for prolonged periods.
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Improper sleeping (sleeping on a mattress that is too hard or too soft)
It is common for the aging process to cause changes in the spine, leading to sciatica pain problems as pressure is shifted and placed on the nerves. Individuals over the age of 30 are at a higher risk of developing sciatica pain.
Treatments for Sciatica Injury or Pain
Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy specializes in the treatment of sciatic and back pain relief. We focus on identifying the underlying condition causing inflammation and stress on the nerves. Our experts will implement modalities designed to reduce pain and restore function to the hips, legs, and lower back. We set goals based on your individual needs to create a program that will bring long-term pain management and relief. Depending upon your physical condition and the extent of your pain, we will implement a series of physical therapy treatments, including:
- Manual therapy – designed to relieve pain in the muscles, causing the compression on the nerves
- Non-invasive modalities to reduce inflammation.
- Aquatic therapy
- Stretching and therapeutic exercises to bring balance to the spine and restore motion
Contact Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy today to schedule a consultation at one of our four Northern Utah physical therapy locations in Layton, Syracuse, Farmington, and Roy to finally find relief from sciatica and lower back pain.