Not a true medical diagnosis but rather a symptom of another underlying condition such as a herniated disk, degenerative disk disease or spinal stenosis. Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed in the lumbar spine. Sciatica is characterized by constant pain on one side of the buttock or down the back of the leg, pain that is worse in sitting, leg pain that is often described as burning and tingling. Other symptoms may include weakness in the back and legs, numbness or decreased sensation and sharp pain that makes it difficult to stand up from a sitting position.
The Physical Therapists at Apple Physical Therapy will design a personalized treatment plan specific to you and your injury that will include stretching and range of motion exercises to improve mobility in your back and legs. We will also incorporate specific strengthening exercises focused on your core musculature and the muscles of your arms and legs. This will allow you to maintain proper posture both at rest and during activity. Manual therapy (gentle hands on techniques) such as massage and stretching may be used to improve the mobility of stiff joints and tight muscles that may be contributing to your symptoms. If necessary, your PT may elect to use modalities such as heat, ice and/or electrical stimulation to help reduce pain and ready the body for exercise.
With convenient locations in both Cherry Hill NJ and Marlton NJ, Apple Physical Therapy proudly serves such areas as Cherry Hill, Marlton, Medford, Voorhees, Mount Laurel, Maple Shade, Berlin, Moorestown and all of South Jersey’s Camden and Burlington counties. If you are looking for a Physical Therapist in the Cherry Hill area, we welcome you to our practice. Meet our team and schedule your appointment with us today!