How can Physical Therapy help?
When it comes to sciatica and back pain, physical therapy seems to be the choice that is safe, effective with cost and drug free. By seeing a physical therapist, you can most of the time avoid taking an X-ray and MRI which are expensive.
When you meet with a physical therapist, they will be able to figure out why your nerve is irritated and how exactly to reduce that inflammation. In addition, the physical therapist will perform an evaluation to detect your impairments and find the source of your pain and come up with a treatment plan that will suit your needs to get your longer lasting relief.
In order to help you achieve your goals and get you pain relief, your physical therapist may use the following:
- Manual therapy using McKenzie and Maitland techniques, cupping, IASTM, etc
- Modalities such Electrical stimulation, Class IV B Laser, Ultrasound, Mechanical Traction
- Evidence based therapeutic exercises
If you are experiencing any back pain or sciatic symptoms, we urge you to talk to your physician or your physical therapist (who has direct access) about getting started with physical therapy to help you get back to pain-free life.