Sciatica & Back Pain Relief Sanger, CA

Back Pain & Sciatica Relief

Millions of Americans are adversely impacted by back and neck pain each year. Studies show that, at one point or another, approximately 80% of the U.S. population will be affected by back pain. Backaches and back pain may occur for a variety of reasons. Most people experience back pain as a result of sprains/strains, injuries, lifting improperly, or sitting for prolonged periods. While there are a lot of options available to treat back pain, many of these only address the symptoms and don’t target the actual cause of your pain. Our physical therapists find the actual causes of your back pain, which may include muscle weakness, poor movement, and poor spinal coordination.

WHAT IS SCIATICA?

When nerves in your lower back become pinched or compressed, the resulting pain, tingling and numbness affect your back, buttocks, groin, and legs. Often, you’ll feel it on one side only.  

Several underlying causes can result in this nerve compression in your lower back. In many cases, it may be a bone spur or herniated disc pressing into the nerve, but sciatica has also been known to occur with muscular spasms, poor posture or spinal degeneration and narrowing, which can happen with age.

Back pain and sciatica pain are closely related medical conditions. Many times, sciatica pain is the result of a lower back problem. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body and consists of nerve roots in the lower back and runs through the buttock and down the back of each leg. Portions of this nerve branch out to the thigh, calf, foot, and toes. Sciatica nerve pain is often characterized by the following symptoms.

  • Low back pain that radiates down the leg
  • Leg pain with burning and tingling
  • Numbness in the leg or feet
  • Continual pain on one side of the buttock
  • Sharp pain
  • Trouble sitting and getting up

It’s important to note that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in itself. It is actually a symptom of an underlying problem. And the root cause must be identified for effective treatment. Common lower back problems that can cause sciatica include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar herniated disc, and spondylolisthesis.  Each of these conditions if caught in time can be treated and helped by Physical Therapy treatment.

If you’re suffering from back pain, sciatica pain or low back pain, don’t wait any longer for relief. At Motion Matters Physical Therapy,  our physical therapists are experts in helping patients quickly resolve back and sciatica pain. During your evaluation, we will discuss your history, examine your spine, and evaluate your movement, strength, walking, and coordination. This will help our physical therapists pinpoint the exact cause of your back or sciatica pain. We will work closely with your physician to design a treatment plan that best suits your needs and offers the quickest relief from pain and return to function.

Contact Us today at Sanger, CA Centerso we can help reduce your back and sciatica pain and get you back to optimal function today!

FAQs

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.