Sciatica & Back Pain Relief Avon, CT

Back Pain & Sciatica

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Back pain and sciatica pain are closely related medical conditions. Many times, sciatica pain is the result of a medical 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.

Degenerative Disc Disease
Disc degeneration is a natural process that often occurs as we age. But, for some people, it can occur young. One or more degenerated discs in the spine or lower back can irritate a nerve root and cause sciatica. This disease is diagnosed when a weakened disc is exposed. Bone spurs may also develop with disc degeneration and cause sciatica.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis is caused by a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal. It’s also common in the aging process and typically affects those over 50. It can be a result of a bulging disc, enlarged facet joints, arthritis or an overgrowth of soft tissue. Whatever the cause, it can result in back pain and sciatica pain.

Lumbar Herniated Disc
This condition occurs when the soft gel material of the disc leaks out and passes through the outer core. It irritates the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc. It’s also known as bulging disc, slipped disc, ruptured disc or protruding disc.

Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slips forward on another. There is a variety of reasons for this. There is then a disc space collapse. The nerve can get pinched and result. Sciatica pain can range from mild to severe.

Treatment for Back Pain, Sciatica Pain, and Low Back Pain: Physical Therapy

Physical therapy for these conditions is effective and usually has a few components: passive therapy, manual therapy, advanced manual therapy and active therapy.

Passive physical therapy modalities consist of ultrasound, TENS units, heat and ice packs, and iontophoresis. Manual Therapy modalities would consist of manual mobilization, Muscle Energy Techniques, Mobility Templates, Strain Counterstrain Techniques, Myofascial Release Techniques, and McKenzie Techniques. Advanced manual therapy modalities would include Craniosacral Therapy, Integrative Manual Therapy or IMT, Organ Manipulation, and Neural Mobilization.

Active modalities would be specific exercises to strengthen and improve the stability of the lumbar spine/ pelvic complex. Physical therapists typically recommend dynamic lumbar stabilization exercises. Core muscle strengthening is also important in the treatment of back pain after the structure is corrected.

Physical therapy is an important component of treating medical issues of the back. When you meet with a physical therapist, there will be a full assessment. Tests will be done and an individualized treatment plan will be developed based on your goals. Your physical therapist is your coach who will help you eliminate pain, perform daily tasks and improve overall general health.

If you’re suffering from back pain, sciatica pain or low back pain, don’t wait any longer for relief. You don’t have to suffer. Contact us at Avon, CT center to set up a one-on-one consultation and full evaluation. Our physical therapists are certified, experienced and committed to helping you feel better. They’ve helped many others recover from back issues and can help you too.