Sciatica & Back Pain Relief Crystal Lake, IL


All of us have pulled a back muscle at some point. But when serious other symptoms make it hard to function, you may well have sciatica.

What is sciatica?

When nerves in your lower back become compressed, the resulting pain, tingling or numbness may affect your legs. Often, you’ll feel it on one side only.  Several underlying causes can result in this nerve compression in your lower back and can often be pinpointed through diagnostic testing if symptoms persist.

What types of physical therapy treat back pain and sciatica?

Working on core strength, flexibility and circulation are all crucial components to treating back and sciatica symptoms. Among the most common categories of treatments for sciatica in physical therapy are:

  • Manual therapy techniques to mobilize the vertebrae or decompress the space where the nerve exits the spine.
  • Stretching exercises to boost flexibility. Sciatica often causes spasms, tightness and limited range of motion in your back and legs. Hamstring, hip and trunk stretches will loosen muscles and boost mobility.
  • Strength building to tone the soft tissues that support your spine. Working your abs, hips and glutes will all result in a stronger core that resists lower back pain and sciatica.

Ready to eradicate your pain?

Our patients are often referred to us by their primary physicians or by a specialist. And we’ll continue to work with your physical therapist to treat the specific cause of your pain. Our physical therapist will also give you a full evaluation which includes assessments of mobility, strength, flexibility, and reflexes as well as special tests to try to specifically identify the cause of dysfunction.

To get started on your back pain and sciatica relief treatment plan. Contact Given Sports & Physical Therapy today at Crystal Lake, IL center.


What are the causes of back pain?

There are a large number of conditions that can result in back pain. For example, poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are just a few of the ways that someone may develop back pain. Injury is the most common cause of back pain. This can happen in one of two ways: 1) an instant, sudden trauma, such as a car accident, or 2) repetitive use that puts excessive stress on the back over time, such as bending down several times throughout the week to pick up boxes. Some other factors that may contribute to your back pain include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, fractures, herniated disc, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and tumors of the spine.

Why does my back hurt?

Back pain commonly results from a muscle strain or injury; however, it can also develop as a result of an underlying condition, such as a herniated disc, sciatica, or degenerative disc disease. Poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are also common ways that someone may develop back pain. Your physical therapist will focus on treating the root of your back pain, in order to help you regain mobility, function, and comfort.

How can I get relief from back pain?

You can treat your back pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthening the muscles in the affected areas, and using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain, and may even help you avoid more invasive procedures, such as surgery.

What are the best exercises for back pain?

It is common that the muscles used to support the lower back may become weakened from inactivity. We’ll prescribe targeted, easy-to-do exercises that we will walk you through, in order to help your back muscles regain their strength. This will help provide greater support to your spine and reduce any inflammation you may be experiencing. While the best exercises for your back pain are relative to your specific conditions, some common ones your physical therapist may have you do include spine stretches, bridges, and pelvic tilts.