Sciatica Specialist

Summit Physical Therapy AZ

Physical Therapist located in Gilbert, AZ

Almost 90% of sciatic nerve pain resolves within three months with conservative treatments like physical therapy. If you’d like to try therapy before surgery, contact Summit Physical Therapy AZ. With massage, exercise, and other techniques, Hannah Frost, PT, DPT, COMT, Cert MDT, RYT, improves your overall back health. Find a good time to visit the Gilbert, Arizona, practice by calling or clicking the online scheduler.

Sciatica Q & A

Summit Physical Therapy AZ

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition caused by a pinched sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve branches from your lower back down into your legs and impacts your leg function.

Pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Burning sensation
  • Weakness

You may also feel the sensation of your legs “giving out” on you at unpredictable times. These symptoms can impact any area along the path of the sciatic nerve and usually only on one side of the body.

What causes sciatica?

A number of musculoskeletal conditions can lead to pressure on the sciatic nerve, such as:

  • Herniated disc
  • Bone spur
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Tumor
  • Arthritis

Anything that presses against or irritates the sciatic nerve can cause the symptoms of sciatica. Most of the time, a herniated disc is the underlying cause of sciatica.

When should I see a physical therapist for my sciatica?

If you have persistent back pain, your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist. Signs that it might be time to make an appointment include:

  • Your back pain doesn’t resolve after a week of at-home care
  • Your sciatica interferes with your ability to walk or perform normal activities
  • You’re determined to try natural pain relief methods
  • You want to avoid medication and surgery

Physical therapy works in conjunction with the treatments you get from your primary care doctor, chiropractor, and other back specialists.

How does physical therapy help with sciatica?

In physical therapy, you learn techniques to improve your pain, strength, and flexibility. Hannah spends a lot of time on back and core exercises to target your weak spots.

Most of the time, physical therapy achieves such favorable results you won’t need surgery or medication to take care of sciatica. The effort you put into your home and in-office sessions can speed your recovery in a natural way.

Once you establish a fitness habit, build your core strength, and learn how to perform tasks with proper form, you set yourself up to prevent future sciatica pain. The benefits of physical therapy don’t wear off or end at your last session.

Back pain that doesn’t clear up on its own is a sign that you should see a physical therapist. Contact Hannah Frost online or over the phone to schedule a visit and turn down the path of relief.