Sciatica is not actually a condition itself, but a symptom. It occurs when there is an irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve begins in your lower spine and travels down each of your legs. Sciatica is common: Up to 40% of people may experience sciatica at least once in their life. This nerve pain is referred to as sciatica. The good news is that sciatica can be managed effectively right at home with some help from a virtual physical therapist.
Are you wondering if physical therapy for sciatic nerve pain is right for you? Virtual physical therapy can help you get on the road to recovery for your sciatic nerve pain immediately.
Three virtual physical therapy techniques for sciatic nerve pain
Sciatic nerve pain can make getting around uncomfortable. It can even put a damper on your whole day. That’s why getting help can not just manage your pain but improve your quality of life. Here are three ways virtual physical therapy can help with sciatic nerve pain:
- Strengthening exercises —Sciatic nerve pain can be felt in the lower back, buttocks, thigh, calf or even feet. A virtual physical therapist can instruct you over your device in proper strengthening exercises for sciatica. By strengthening the muscles in the areas of the body where the sciatic nerve is located, like the lower back, you may reduce the tension that is irritating the nerve.
- Stretching techniques —By making stretching a regular habit, you can reduce the compression of the sciatic nerve. This compression may be contributing to your pain. Your virtual physical therapist will show you targeted stretching techniques that can help open up your spine and lower extremities. This can greatly reduce stress and tension that is contributing to sciatic nerve pain.
- Ergonomic adjustments —If you sit for several hours each day for work or other activities with poor posture, this can actually worsen sciatic nerve pain. Your physical therapist can perform a virtual evaluation of your posture to determine if any ergonomic adjustments should be made to reduce spinal compression.
Our Agile Virtual PT team is prepared to help reduce your sciatic nerve pain
Going through the day with nerve pain can put a damper on your life. Our Agile Virtual PT team is made up of more than 400 licensed clinicians who are ready to help treat your sciatic nerve pain today. You can get your virtual PT started with a free virtual screening to determine the best treatment approach for you. Contact our team today for more information about how to relieve sciatic nerve pain or to schedule an initial virtual PT appointment.