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Physical Therapy for Sciatica

The telltale sign of sciatica is pain that starts in your lower back and shoots down one leg, sometimes traveling all the way into your foot. It can happen with an injury or just with the wear and tear of aging. Certain conditions can make it worse, but it can be treated—even prevented—with proper diagnosis and care. Physical therapy is an effective, non-surgical treatment that can help manage your current symptoms and prevent future damage as much as possible. Professional’s physical therapists are experts in assessing discomfort caused by sciatica and creating individualized treatment plans that aim to relieve pain, improve the status of your joints, tendons, and muscles, and alleviate your symptoms for the long term.

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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a common condition and can also be known as nerve root or radicular pain. Sciatica is a term used to describe pain felt in the leg, but actually comes from the lower back. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and goes all the way down the back of the leg into the foot.

There are many nerve roots that come out of your spinal column and bundle together to form the sciatic nerve, and therefore injury to or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can give you varying degrees and locations of pain.

Our goal is to guide your path to recovery so you can get back to living your life to the fullest, free of painful and bothersome sciatica symptoms.

Do you have pain from sciatica?

Our physical therapists will customize a treatment plan for sciatica pain relief. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.

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Insurances We Accept

Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics.  Find your particular provider below based on your area.
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New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

  • Aetna (NY, NJ, CT)
  • AmeriHealth (NJ)
  • Anthem BCBS (CT)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Cigna/ASH (NY, NJ, CT)
  • CIGNA - Medicare (NY, NJ)
  • Claims Resolution Corp (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ClearComp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ)
  • Clover Health Medicare Advantage (NJ)
  • Comp X (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ConnectiCare (CT)
  • Department of Labor (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Empire BCBS (Individual Providers In Network – NY)
  • Empire Plan MPN (UHC – NY, NJ)
  • Fidelis Wellcare (NJ)
  • First MCO (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • GHI (Emblem Health – NY, NJ, CT)
  • HIP (Emblem Health – NY)
  • Horizon BCBS (NJ)
  • Horizon Casualty (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • Independence BCBS (Southern NJ)
  • Magna Care (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Medicare (NY, NJ, CT)
  • MedRisk (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • MultiPlan (NY, NJ, CT)
  • New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM - Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Northwell Health Clinical Integration Network IPA (NY)
  • OccuNet (NJ)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT
  • Oscar Health Plan (NY, NJ)
  • Oxford (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Providers Edge Scheduling Group/PESG (Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • QualCare (NJ)
  • Qual-Lynx (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • TRICARE (NY, NJ, CT)
  • United Health Care (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • VACCN (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • WellCare (NY)
  • Workers' Compensation (Various Carriers)

Massachusetts, New Hampshire

  • Aetna (MA, NH)
  • Ambetter/NH Healthy Families (NH)
  • Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
  • CeltiCare (MA)
  • Cigna/ASH (NH)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
  • Fallon Health (MA)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
  • Health New England (MA)
  • MaineCare (NH)
  • Magna Care (MA, NH)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
  • Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
  • Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
  • Medicaid (MA, NH)
  • Medicare (MA, NH)
  • Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
  • ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • TRICARE (MA, NH)
  • Tufts Cigna (MA)
  • Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
  • Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
  • Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
  • UniCare (MA)
  • United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
  • WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
  • Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)

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Symptoms of Sciatica

Symptoms can be experienced along any part of the nerve. They can have a sudden or slow onset and can vary from mild to severe. Common symptoms of sciatica include, but are not limited to:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Hip pain
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or a hard time moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of the rear
  • A shooting pain that makes it hard to stand up

Diagnosing Sciatica

Professional’s physical therapists can help diagnose sciatica, identify if it’s something more serious, and determine how we can put you on the best path to recovery. Tools that can be used to diagnose your condition and refer you to PT include a clinical exam, MRI, X-Ray or Orthopedic Specialist.

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Physical Therapy Treatments for Sciatica

Your PT will prescribe personalized therapy treatments intended to improve range of motion, relieve discomfort, and help your body heal. Some therapeutic techniques our physical therapist may use to relieve sciatica pain include:

  • Pain Modulation Techniques
  • Manual Therapy
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Manual Muscle Stretching
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Manual Traction
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Self-Management Techniques
  • Heat Therapy
  • Cold Therapy

If you are suffering from any back pain that may not be related to sciatica, please visit our primary middle and upper back information page⇒.

What Can I Expect from Physical Therapy for Sciatica?

At Professional, you and your physical therapist will work together and develop a unique treatment plan designed to help you heal as quickly and effectively as possible. Your PT will discuss your concerns with you and examine the physical limitations and discomfort caused by sciatica pain.

Throughout your physical therapy appointments, your PT will:

Assess your source of discomfort and pain

Discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan

Teach you exercises to help relieve symptoms

Offer guidance and support to prevent further damage

Recommend ways to make daily activities more bearable as you heal

Our Commitment to Pain Relief for Sciatica

Professional’s physical therapists are ready to support you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.

Find the clinic nearest to you⇒ to speak with a Professional physical therapist who specializes in back pain and sciatica today.

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We provide treatments for sciatica pain from our physical therapy clinics throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and back pain treatment specialist today.

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