Patient undergoing sciatica treatment at Pelvic Health PT in Madison, NJ.


Sciatica can be a debilitating condition, affecting your ability to perform everyday activities and diminishing your quality of life. The condition arises when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back down to your legs, becomes compressed or irritated. This often results in pain, numbness, or tingling sensations radiating from the lower back down to the legs.

Common Sciatica Symptoms

• Lower back pain
• Pain radiating down one leg
• Numbness or weakness in the leg
• Tingling or burning sensation
• Difficulty moving or controlling the leg
• Increased pain when sitting

Importance of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Sciatica

Pelvic floor physical therapy plays a crucial role in treating sciatica by addressing the underlying musculoskeletal issues that contribute to nerve compression. Our tried and true program is designed to help you regain your mobility and alleviate pain through targeted interventions and exercises. Our team brings decades of experience in treating musculoskeletal pain to our patients.

Key Areas of Focus for Treating Sciatica

• Breathing and Rib Mobility
• Bladder/Uterus/Rectum Mobility
• Visceral Mobilization
• Core Strengthening
• Pelvic Joint Alignment
• Pelvic Floor Muscle Release
• Pelvic Floor Stretching
• Proper Lifting Techniques
• Advanced Core Strengthening
• Return to Activity

How a Physical Therapist Can Help

Based on your evaluation results, your Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your sciatica symptoms and improve your overall function. This plan may include exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor and core muscles, manual therapy to relieve muscle tension, and education on posture and body mechanics.

During Your First Evaluation:

Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough review of your medical history and perform a comprehensive physical examination to identify the root causes of your sciatica pain. The exam may include:

• Pelvic girdle screening
• Soft tissue assessment
• Pelvic girdle assessment
• Spinal assessment
• Visual inspection of the tissues
• Reflex testing
• Sensation testing
• Internal assessment of pelvic floor muscles

For more information, contact The Pelvic Health Center of NJ at 908-443-9880 or email us at