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 their symptoms with medication, may begin to have chronic pain which can develop into permanent weaknesses and dysfunctions. Without the right advice or guidance, our bodies will begin to compensate for the problem, which then causes other problems to arise.

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


How can back pain and sciatica be treated? 

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

Once our physical therapists have pinpointed the main cause of your back pain and/or 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, so that you can continue to maintain a pain-free, functional lifestyle. Our team of physical therapists will work closely with your physician(s) to make sure you are given the appropriate care. Additionally, we will teach you proper body mechanics and ergonomics to help prevent you from relapsing.


Call us today so we can help you quickly resolve your debilitating back pain and/or sciatica and teach you how to prevent it in the future.