When it hurts to walk due to sciatica in Kennewick, it’s time to be treated by the compassionate and experienced physical therapists at Oasis Physical Therapy. These talented professionals provide comprehensive services to help manage your sciatica, restore strength and function to injured area, and offer educational opportunities to help you continue your recovery at home. We have several convenient locations and each office provides the same exceptional, skilled one-to-one care. We are committed to help you achieve a successful rehabilitation. Our team of highly skilled and innovative therapy professionals can solve even the most complex condition, identifying the underlying cause using the most advanced, scientifically validated, treatment options available. Working together as a team, we provide gold standard care based upon your needs, health care goals, and lifestyle.
Sciatica, also called lumbar radiculopathy, is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. The pain from sciatica can range from a constant, dull pain to an excruciating and debilitating condition. Most of sciatica symptoms result from lower back disorders between the L4 (fourth lumbar vertebra) and S1 (first sacral) levels that put pressure on or cause irritation to a lumbar nerve root. Depending on where the sciatic nerve roots are compressed, symptoms may be felt in different areas of the leg and into the foot. Most commonly, sciatica is caused by a disc problem, such as a herniated disc that is pressing against a nerve root. It can also occur when a disc degenerates, which releases inflammatory proteins that irritate the adjacent nerve. There are also times when hypertonic hip muscles, most often the lateral hip rotator piriformis muscle, compress the sciatic nerve resulting in sciatica pain. Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body. They may include a combination of leg and foot pain, weakness, tingling or numbness. For the best treatment options for sciatica in Kennewick, Oasis Physical Therapy is the answer.
At OPT, we take a complete medical history and physical exam as the first steps in evaluating sciatica and determining the underlying cause. The doctor will review the symptoms and check for pain, weakness, sensory loss, and try to pinpoint the affected nerves. Further diagnostic testing may be recommended. It is important to identify and manage the underlying cause of the sciatica. Conservative therapy will provide improvement for many individuals with sciatica. Non- surgical treatments may include heat and cold therapy, pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, epidural steroid injections, and specific physical therapy exercises that decompress the pinched nerves or discs. There’s no need to suffer from sciatica in Kennewick any longer. Call for an appointment today.