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Does physical therapy help sciatica?

Sciatica is a debilitating condition in which the patient experiences pain and/or paresthesias and/or weakness in the distribution of the sciatic nerve or an associated lumbosacral nerve root.

A common mistake is referring to any low back pain or radicular leg pain as sciatica[1].
Sciatica is a clinical diagnosis based on the presence of radiating pain in one leg, with or without the associated neurological deficits of parasthesia and muscle weakness[2], which are the direct result of sciatic nerve or sciatic nerve root pathology.

The sciatic nerve is made up of the L4 through S2 nerve roots which coalesce at the pelvis to form the sciatic nerve. At up to 2 cm in diameter, the sciatic nerve is easily the largest nerve in the body.

Sciatica pain often is worsened with flexion of the lumbar spine, twisting, bending, or coughing[1].
The sciatic nerve provides direct motor function to the hamstrings, lower extremity adductors, and indirect motor function to the calf muscles, anterior lower leg muscles, and some intrinsic foot muscles.
Indirectly through its terminal branches, the sciatic nerve provides sensation to the posterior and lateral lower leg as well as the plantar foot. (

Is physiotherapy the same as physical therapy?
For the most part, physical therapy and physiotherapy are two terms that are used interchangeably. That is to say, most people do not make a distinction between the two modalities. In many countries around the world physiotherapy is the term most commonly used to describe the practice. However, in the United States, physical therapy is the dominant term and physiotherapy can either describe physical therapy or be used to describe a therapy with little difference to physical therapy. All of this to say, there is little, if any, difference between physical therapy and physiotherapy.
What is manual therapy?
Manual physical therapy (PT) refers to a cluster of hands-on therapeutic techniques used by a therapist to treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. This style of treatment, which is often performed alongside other rehab techniques like exercise or pain-relieving modalities, can be helpful in addressing numerous different concerns, including pain, stiffness, or range of motion limitations. This article will describe hands-on physical therapy, techniques, when and where it is used, costs, and alternatives.
Can massage therapy help tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is a long, bothersome injury which can easily reoccur. Leaving the elbow to rest and mend itself can take anywhere between 6 months and 2 years, preventing reinjury is important. Heat or cold compresses may help with inflammation as will non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) and paracetamol will help to ease the pain. Deep tissue massage to the forearm is a very effective method of easing tennis elbow and healing it much faster than rest alone. Deep tissue massage will enhance circulation and combining this with friction therapy to the tendons on the elbow joint, positive results are seen. Friction therapy breaks down the tension in the tendons, while deep tissue massage techniques will break up scar tissue, alleviate pain, release muscle spasms and improve flexibility. (
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