In the spring of this year I started experiencing extreme leg pain. My doctor diagnosed it as sciatic nerve pain due to a herniated disk pressing upon the nerve. I was told to seek specialized medical treatment, but in the meantime to start physical therapy. I went through two epidural injections which did not help at all but continued therapy with Darci Whitehorne. The end result is that now I am completely cured, no thanks to traditional medicine, but through the extraordinary care, knowledge and attention provided by Darci. I owe my recovery completely to her and will be indebted to her forever.
I can’t even express in words how grateful I am to have Dena as my therapist. She laughs with me, push me to succeed and has plenty of tissue to dry my tears when I’m having a bad/painful day. She is my biggest advocate for my success and has gone above and beyond what I think a typical physical therapist finds their responsibilities to be.
I appreciate the one to one attention and the privacy of the treatment rooms. I have had PT in other settings and treatment here by far surpasses the “herd like atmosphere”, the inconsistency of providers and the lack of specialized treatment offered there. I am happy that my PCP recommended Therapydia!
What is Sciatica?
Generally, Sciatica is a term that is commonly used to describe pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling that radiates down the back of the leg. Typically, the symptoms follow the distribution of the sciatic nerve, but there can be some confusion as to the source of the pain especially when the patient’s symptoms are referred.
Here are the conditions that might be causing your sciatica:
- Sciatic nerve and piriformis muscle irritation or pinching usually by a herniated disc
- Bone spur or overgrowth in your spine
- Spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back
- Degenerative disc disease
Signs & Symptoms
The most common source of sciatica is pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniation or protrusion of a spinal disc. This pressure on the nerve can create an irritation and inflammatory response causing symptoms to radiate down the leg following the path of the nerve that is compressed.
- Pain in the rear or leg when sitting down
- Burning or tingling feeling down the leg
- Weakness, or problems with moving your leg or foot
- Contact pain in the buttock
You may feel the following:
Why Physical Therapy
Physical therapists can assess movement patterns to determine if the trigger point is the source of sciatica symptoms and correct any movement dysfunction that they find.
- Joint mobilization, manual therapy therapy, and myofascial release are common techniques to release or inhibit an active trigger point.
- Trigger point dry needling (also known as TDN, functional dry needling or intramuscular manual therapy) is becoming a very popular treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal issues but especially sciatica. The muscle relaxes and the trigger point becomes inhibited, alleviating the symptoms of sciatica.
- Core stabilization exercises in conjunction with lumbar range of motion are also effective at reducing sciatica symptoms.
About Therapydia Rutland
Better Physical Therapy Experience
At Therapydia Rutland, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on sciatica treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments.
- Lifetime Wellness
- Quality Treatment
Darci Whitehorne, MSPT
and Physical Therapist
Ronna Davine, MSPT
Dena Goldberg, MSPT, CSCS
and Physical Therapist