Sciatica symptoms and treatment options for patients in Portland, ME

Sciatica is a term for a fairly broad group of symptoms that originate due to compression or irritation of the long and large sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the lower back area, branching off from the spinal cord, before traveling down both sides of the lower body. The sciatic nerve is responsible for sending sensory and motor information into the buttocks, hips, legs and feet, which is why sciatica symptoms are so debilitating when they occur. 

If you’re a patient in Portland, Maine, who is suffering from sciatica, we’re sharing the following information to help you better understand your symptoms and explore treatment options. Please feel free to contact one of our representatives with any questions or if you’d like to learn more about how we can help. 

Specific sciatica symptoms and treatment with a physical therapist

The sciatic nerve can become compressed or affected due to a number of different reasons, ranging from a lower spine condition to pregnancy to a strained muscle in the buttocks. Sciatica symptoms can vary depending on the underlying cause and severity, but some of the more common symptoms include: 

  • Leg pain and limping 
  • Hip pain
  • Muscle spasms and weakness
  • Tingling and numbness in the extremities 

The best course of treatment will also vary depending on the cause, but in most cases physical therapy can be highly effective in offering relief and long-term management.  

Sciatica relief with Back in Motion Physical Therapy

At Back in Motion’s clinic in Portland, our therapists have extensive experience in helping people with sciatica relieve pain and improve functioning. We will work with you personally to assess the causes of your sciatica symptoms, including postural and mechanical issues that may be contributing to them. From there, we can design a custom-tailored plan consisting of therapeutic exercises, manual therapies and other treatments that can help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. 

Don’t let sciatica pain keep you on the sidelines of your own life. Contact Back in Motion today to start your treatment journey and schedule your initial appointment.