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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.

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 in the car. This causes muscles to become weak and your spine to put pressure on the disks, thus, a bulging disk and pinch nerve.

 

What are the Consequences of Not Getting Help?

Patients who avoid seeking treatment or cover the symptoms with medication, may begin to have chronic pain which can develop into some permanent weakness and dysfunction. It is often the women of the household who is the gate keeper of the health care and determines the time, location and health care provide the family sees. Without the right advice or guidance, a person will just let things go and think they can just “live with it” or that “it will go away.” Unfortunately, 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. This may lead to depression, poor diet, weight gain and poor habits.

 

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, including 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, including pain management, ROM/flexibility, strengthening and functional movement patterns with proper patient education on self-management strategies to continue to maintain a pain-free, functional lifestyle. Our team works 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 so we can help you quickly resolve your debilitating back pain and sciatica you are feeling now – and learn how to prevent it in the future.

 

Sources

http://www.spine-health.com/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/back-pain/basics/definition/con-20020797

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/basics/definition/con-20028772