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Pain Sciatica

Sciatica causes mild to severe pain along the path of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down to the legs.

In most cases, sciatica occurs on only one side of the body. Sciatica therapy is recommended to reduce pain and prevent further irritation or inflammation of the nerve.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve become inflamed or pinched, usually by a herniated disk in the spine or bone spur on the vertebrae. Pain can come on suddenly or develop gradually depending on the cause.

In rare cases, the nerve can be damaged by another condition such as diabetes or compressed by a tumor, which can cause additional pain and stress on the nerve.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica is characterized by:

  • Numbness or weakness in the lower back, buttock, leg, or feet

  • Moderate to severe pain in lower back, buttock, and leg which may worsen with movement

  • Loss of movement

  • Loss of bladder and bowel control

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Diagnosing Sciatica

A physical exam will be performed to measure the strength of your calf muscles and check how your spine carries your weight. Doctors may also recommend a straight leg raise test to identify affected nerves and determine any issues with one of your disks.

Depending on the results of the physical exam, physicians may also require imaging tests such as a spinal X-ray, MRI, a CT scan, and a myelogram.

Traditional Treatments

Sciatica Treatment
  • Prescription drugs – Your healthcare provider may prescribe muscle relaxants such as cyclobenzaprine to reduce discomfort and relieve pain caused by muscle spasms.

  • Spinal injections – Corticosteroid, an anti-inflammatory drug, may be injected into the lower back to minimize swelling around the affected nerve roots.

  • Surgery – Surgery is typically considered when severe symptoms are preventing you from working or standing. Loss of bladder or bowel control may require emergency surgery if found to be associated with cauda equina syndrome.

Superior Physical Therapy

Most traditional treatment options only provide short-term relief from sciatica. They are also only effective 40-50% of the time meaning that 5 times out of 10 you’re stuck with the same pain you paid tens of thousands of dollars to be rid of! Don’t be a sucker, learn how the superior method can give you lasting relief today.

Unlike the treatments above, Superior Method pinpoints the underlying source of the pain to successfully deliver lasting relief and prevent symptoms from recurring. Developed by our resident physician Dr. Andrew Gorecki, this approach is safe, noninvasive, and virtually pain-free.

We offer the following treatment options:

  • Full-body Movement Assessment

    Successful healing begins with discovering the root cause of the patient’s pain. In most cases, pain in one area is only a symptom of a larger issue. In a full-body movement assessment, the source of the problem is identified by examining the movement of nearby or connected parts. This allows movement to be restored and the body to complete the healing process.

  • Hands-on Manual Therapy

    The Superior Method employs the help of a trained therapist certified in functional manual reaction. The therapist uses their hands to facilitate proper motion, improving areas of restriction. This is similar to deep tissue massage, but it incorporates movement.

  • Prescriptive Home Exercise Program

    The Superior Method aims to educate patients on how the body moves to safely ease pain and restore function.

    With our smartphone app called Movement RX, we empower patients with the knowledge and tools needed to attain long-term physical freedom. All of the instructions provided by your physician will also be video-recorded and sent directly to your email or mobile device.

  • Applied Functional Science

    This principles-based method is designed to improve how the mind, body, and spirit work together to facilitate complete healing. All Superior Physical Therapy providers are Fellows of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute. This organization is led by the reputable physical therapist, Dr. Gary Gray.

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  • Deep Muscle Stimulation

    Mechanical vibrations that penetrate deep into the muscle tissue enable tissue regeneration and improve the lactic cycle, which is one of the most common causes of pain. The procedure also helps boost circulation and lymphatic flow to alleviate pain.

  • Dry Needling

    A fast, safe, and virtually pain-free method to reduce pain and address musculoskeletal presentations. In dry needling, trigger points or local contractures are stimulated by monofilament needles.

  • McKenzie Therapy

    The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a distinguished and internationally researched method of diagnosis and treatment for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal conditions. Created by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie, this system has been used globally for over 60 years.

    MDT-certified clinicians assess and treat all types of musculoskeletal disorders including complications in the spine, muscles, tendons, and extremity joints.

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