Back Pain and Sciatica

How Common is Back Pain and Sciatica?

According to the best available data, about 80 percent of the population will experience back pain with or without sciatica (leg pain) in their lifetime. These bouts of back pain don’t include minor incidents like the occasional twinge, but instead the serious sprains, strains, spasms and impaired range of motion problems that limit your daily function.

What Causes Back Pain and Sciatica?

In some cases, the causes of your back pain or sciatica may be obvious — a car accident or a sports related injury, like a sprained ankle for example. However, most back pain and sciatica problems can develop gradually through poor posture, repetitive bending, lifting or twisting from having to perform the same action repeatedly (i.e. yard work, house chores or daily work). In today’s technological age, one of the leading causes of back pain is spending too much time sitting at your desk or driving a car, because these cause your muscles to become weak and your spine to put pressure on your disks.


What are the Consequences of Not Getting Help?

Patients who avoid seeking treatment or cover up the symptoms with medication, may begin to have chronic pain which can develop into some permanent weakness and dysfunction. Without the right advice or guidance our bodies will begin to compensate for the problem and other problems can accumulate, thus, worsening.

For example, if you have sharp, shooting pains going down your leg when you sit, bend or lift things (i.e. sciatica), a pinched nerve in your lower back may actually be the culprit, and that your lack of activity due to pain is actually causing symptoms to get worse.

How can Back Pain and Sciatica be Treated? 

Our patients are often referred to us by their primary physicians, a specialist, by a friend, family member or co-worker.  Our highly trained Physical Therapists will perform a detailed evaluation that includes a spinal alignment assessment, manual tests to assess muscle mobility, strength and flexibility, range of motion, neural mobility, joint mobility, and a functional movement assessment.

Once our Physical Therapists have pinpointed the main cause of your back pain and sciatica, they will develop a detailed plan of care for you. You will be taken through the “Rehabilitation Cycle” which involves four phases: pain management, ROM/flexibility, strengthening and functional movement patterns. Additionally, our Physical Therapists will education you on self-management strategies to continue to maintain a pain-free, functional lifestyle. Our team of Physical Therapists work closely with your physician(s) to make sure you are given the appropriate care and will teach you how to better position yourself during your daily activities, through body mechanics, workstation ergonomics and posture tips to avoid relapses.


Call us today at our Greenfield or New Berlin location so we can help you quickly resolve your debilitating back pain and sciatica and teach you how to prevent it in the future.