What is that tingling in my leg?
Sciatica also termed radiculopathy implies that the radicular nerve (nerve root) in the low back is being irritated or pinched by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or other lower back disorder. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back all the way to the foot and toes. Sciatica pain can be experienced anywhere along this nerve route creating symptoms in the low back, the buttocks, the back of the thigh, the calf and the foot or the toes.
While sciatic pain is most commonly a result of direct pressure on the nerve from the disc herniation, it can also be caused by irritation from adjacent bone, tight muscles, infection or injury.
Symptoms for sciatica are radiating pain or a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling as well as muscle spasms that can be felt from the low back area all the way to the lower leg. Severe sciatica can make walking difficult if not impossible.
The Physical Therapy will address:
Faulty movement patterns and muscular imbalances. Radiating symptoms throughout the leg, foot and the muscle spasms throughout low back and buttocks.
Posture and body mechanics while at your work station, gym and home environment. Improvements in core strength. Flexibility issues such as tight hamstrings.
Treatment will include:
manual therapy, osteopathic techniques such as strain-counterstrain and various massage and trigger point therapies.
Exercise techniques incorporating McKenzie, Williams and Sahrmann .
Biomechanic analysis of posture incorporating ergonomic assesment.
Mila Oshman PT is the co-founder of Oshman & Barteck Physical Therapy, Licensed in NY the past 14 years. Her office is located in Midtown NYC where she provides physical therapy care.