Physical therapy for sciatica is one of the most common and popular medical treatment options for sciatica. Physical therapy consists of exercises and stretches that will, hopefully, help to restore function and increase mobility and strength. Sciatica patients who participate in physical therapy as part of a combined care approach often have temporary pain relieving benefits. Physical therapy raises the amount of oxygen in the blood. This increased circulation temporarily staves off the effects of oxygen deprivation sciatica, providing the short term relief. There are several different types of treatment that your Physical Therapist can use to relieve your pain. Some of these you can also do yourself at home. Often, your doctor WILL advise you to take some type of anti-inflammatory or analgesic (pain) medication before you see your physical therapist. Doing so will allow your condition to subside a little before therapy begins. Also, short periods of exercise has been known to relieve the pain and the symptoms and then take an extended rest period. Resting for a short while immediately after the pain occurs has also been shown to be helpful in getting the severity of the pain under control. But, gentle movement and walking has been more helpful!
At any rate, Physical Therapy has been known to be very helpful for those with sciatica. The stretches and movements help to relieve the pain, give more mobility and function as well as reduce flare-ups.
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