What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy can sometimes be an option for Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome. Physical therapy or physiotherapy is the health care profession primarily concerned with the treatment of impairments or disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention.

Physical therapy has many goals, one of which is to make daily tasks and activities easier. For example, piriformis syndrome or sciatica is sometimes treated by Physical therapists who develop specific supervised clinic exercises and/or prescribe custom home exercise programs.

Doctors often suggest physical therapy for injuries or long-term health problems.  Physical therapy may be used alone or with other treatments such as massage therapy or home exercise.

What does a physical therapist do and how can they help?

Your physical therapist will examine you and talk to you about your symptoms and your daily activity. He or she will then work with you on a treatment plan. The goals are to help you move better and to restore or increase your flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance.  Physical therapists work with patients to assess, treat, rehabilitate and work on prevention known to directly result in or act as precursors to injury.

Physical therapy almost always includes exercise. It can include stretching, core exercises, weight lifting, and walking. Your physical therapist may teach you an exercise program so you can do it at home.