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Can physical therapy help with my lower back pain and the sciatica in my left leg?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: Hard to Say

Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief.
There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs.

In brief: Hard to Say

Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief.
There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Amy Sewick
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: PT for low back pain

Hi MarijaM, Yes, physical therapy is often very helpful for low back pain and sciatica.
Improving your flexibility and strengthening you back, hip, and abdominal muscles may help improve your symptoms. Even after physical therapy is complete, making these exercises a regular part of your fitness routine may help to prevent further episodes of back pain in the future. Good luck. - Dr. Sewick

In brief: PT for low back pain

Hi MarijaM, Yes, physical therapy is often very helpful for low back pain and sciatica.
Improving your flexibility and strengthening you back, hip, and abdominal muscles may help improve your symptoms. Even after physical therapy is complete, making these exercises a regular part of your fitness routine may help to prevent further episodes of back pain in the future. Good luck. - Dr. Sewick
Dr. Amy Sewick
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