Physical Therapy to Relieve Sciatica

Written by Stewart G. Eidelson, MD

Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist to help you relieve your sciatica and restore movement. Physical therapy includes both passive and active treatments. Passive treatments help to relax you and your body. They also prepare your body for therapeutic exercise, which is the active part of physical therapy.

Your physical therapist may give you passive treatments such as:

In the active part of physical therapy, your therapist will teach you various exercises. Your physical therapy program is individualized, taking into consideration your health and history. It may include aerobic conditioning, strengthening exercises, and movements to increase flexibility and range of motion.

Physical therapy may be part of a comprehensive sciatica treatment plan prescribed by your doctor.  SpineUniverse has extensive articles on all sciatica treatment options.  You may want to read about:

If needed, you will learn how to correct your posture and incorporate ergonomic principles into your daily activities. This will be done to work on preventing future episodes of sciatica. 

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