Sciatica is a term that refers to symptoms such as pain, numbness, and/or weakness that can start from the back of your leg and radiate along the lower part of your leg. The medical term for this is lumbar radiculopathy. The sciatic nerve holds the nerve roots of your lower back which innervate all the muscles from the low back all the way down to the foot. Pain varies from sharp pain to achy. Numbness and tingling and/or weakness can be experienced on that affected leg. Out of the Americans who suffer from lower back pain, 5-10% are also affected by sciatica which amounts to over half the adult US population. Millions of Americans are affected and struggle with disc-related sciatica pain.
Do you suffer from back pain that limits you from doing day to day activities? Many people struggling with pain make the mistake of leaning on prescription medications for relief, but drugs only mask the symptoms. They don’t target or correct the source of the pain. Thankfully, there is something that has been proven to work: physical therapy. Back pain is such a common condition that many people consider it a normal part of life and it can be reoccuring — but you don’t have to suffer. To start, know when to see a physical therapist for your pain, learn how to choose the right physical therapist to treat it, and ask smart questions about the tests and treatments your PT suggests.
Dr. Jack Wong
Leading Physical Therapist In The Kingwood Area