Sciatica Treatment

Physical Therapy for Sciatica

New Heights Physical Therapy offers physical therapy for sciatica pain in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Sciatica refers to pain that radiating from the sciatic nerve, on one or both sides of the body. This nerve branches off the spinal cord in the lower back, tracking down the buttocks and through the back of the leg, all the way to the foot. Because of how often the back and the hips bend through the pelvis, and because of the many bones, ligaments, and muscles that run around the sciatic nerve, it is at high risk of becoming pinched.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica occurs when the area where the sciatic nerve attaches to the spinal cord is irritated. The most common cause for a majority of people is a simple pinching of the area due to overuse or strain of the surrounding muscles. Another common cause is pregnancy, which can place a great deal of extra weight on the problematic area. Other causes of sciatica may include the following:

  • Degenerative disc disease from intervertebral discs
  • Spondylolisthesis from slipping vertebrae
  • Spinal stenosis from narrowed openings in the lower vertebrae
  • Spinal tumors
  • Vertebral fractures

Exercises to Relieve Sciatica Pain

Many sciatica treatments focus on ways to decrease the discomfort felt in the buttocks and legs. However, the best treatments are those that address the root concern: the cause of the nerve irritation. Exercise is a huge component of most treatment plans because it helps to strengthen the muscles of the lower back, thus decreasing strain. Exercises for sciatica treatment should focus on the following:

  • Improving core muscle strength
  • Stretching the sciatic nerve
  • Proper exercise form

Physical Therapy for Sciatica

Using physical therapy for sciatica can teach patients how to move the area appropriately, and can also reduce pain through a variety of manual techniques and mobilizations. Traction and nerve glides may be used. However, the main way that physical therapy for fibromyalgia can help is to teach patients the correct form for exercises. Patients can then perform these exercises at home to reduce pain whenever necessary. Not all patients respond the same way to each exercise, but a professional can find the most responsive therapies.

In most cases, sciatica can be treated successfully, allowing individuals to resume their normal activities and learn ways to reduce irritation in the area in the future. With physical therapy, they can learn correct form for movements, as well as good posture, which can eliminate a myriad of sciatica causes.


Serving Portland OR | Vancouver WA
(503) 236-3108 East Portland
(360) 737-3346 Vancouver Clinic


East Portland
5736 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 236-3108

1700 Broadway St., Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 737-3346

Sciatica Treatment in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Seeing Patients in the following Portland and Vancouver areas:

SE Portland | NE Portland | Gresham | Happy Valley | Clackamas | Milwaukie | Mt Tabor | Belmont | Lloyd Center | Laurelhurst | Hollywood District | Downtown Portland | Beaverton | Tigard | Hillsboro | Cedar Mill | Cornell | Sylvan | Cedar Hills

Downtown Vancouver | Fruit Valley | Hazel Dell | Felida | Cascade Park | Camas Washington

East PDX:
(503) 236-3108
(360) 737-3346