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Back Pain and Sciatica

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 medical team to treat the specific cause of your pain. We will also give you a full evaluation which include 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, call our staff today.