Back Pain & Sciatica Relief
Deneil B.After suffering for years, I began to think I would have to live with my neck and back pain. I didn’t think I would be able to run again, and now I plan on training for a marathon!
Allen T.I had been suffering from back pain and sciatica for more than a year before coming to King PT. King PT quickly put me on a track to improvement, and I can now do pretty much anything without pain or after effects.
Gary O.Since coming here, my lower back pain is completely 100% gone! I have done things that would have caused me extreme pain but yet I was still pain-free.
Mike K.I came to King Physical Therapy in late September to be evaluated for severe pain in my lower back. I had developed a limp and my posture and gait were being affected. The McKenzie Method cured my pain! In four short weeks, I was discharged PAIN-FREE!
Travis S.I have had back pain for years. The pain got to the point I was unable to run or do weight training. I have been able to start running and do weight training again with minimal to no pain!
Craig S.I had been having neck/back pain for several years. An over-the-counter medication for pain was the only therapy my primary care doctor prescribed.
James W.I am amazed at the recovery I have had and reduction of pain. Two weeks ago, I could barely walk, sit, or stand without major pain in my lower back. Today, I have no pain doing these things!
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, back pain is the most commonly reported pain across the nation, and one out of every four Americans has experienced back pain in the past three months. Back pain usually results from an injury or strain, however, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if the discomfort you are experiencing is general back pain or sciatica.
Sciatica, a specific type of back pain caused by a nerve issue, is extremely common. Whether you are suffering from general back pain or sciatica, working with a Martinsburg physical therapist can help relieve the discomfort in your back and restore your health. Physical therapy may even eliminate your need for harmful painkilling drugs, such as opioids, or an invasive surgical procedure. If you are experiencing back pain, contact our office today. Our skilled physical therapists will create an individualized treatment regimen for you, focusing around your recovery.
What’s the difference between general back pain and sciatica?
“Back pain” is a term that can be caused by an array of different conditions. For example, you may experience back pain due to poor posture, a motor vehicle accident, or a lifting injury. The treatment plan that your Martinsburg physical therapist sets up for you, will depend on how you developed the back pain, in addition to its exact location and your past medical history.
Back pain can be described as acute, meaning it is short-term, or chronic, meaning it is long-term (typically lasting for three months or longer.) The pain you experience can be rooted in your back muscles or the bones in your spine.
Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is reported as being highly uncomfortable. However, it is also fortunately very simple to diagnose. People with sciatica experience pain along their sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body.
The sciatic nerve begins at your lower back and then splits at the base of your spine to extend further down to your buttocks, legs, and finally to the bottom of each foot. The sciatic nerve can become “pinched,” which causes a “shooting,” “stinging,” or “burning” sensation in your lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet.
How do back pain and sciatica develop?
General back pain typically develops as the result of an injury. This can be due to repetitive straining motions, such as leaning down multiple times throughout the day to pick up a toddler, or a more serious, sudden trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident. Underlying conditions, such as herniated discs, can also cause immense pain and can lead to sciatica. Degenerative disc disease is a common condition resulting in back pain, which can be caused by poor posture or obesity. Those with this condition typically report dull, aching pains in their lower back.
Sciatica’s technical name is “lumbar radiculopathy.” People who develop this condition are generally between the ages of 30 and 50. Many different types of injuries can cause the development of sciatica, including arthritis, bone spurs, or any other injury that impacts the sciatic nerve. This may include a sports-related collision, a harsh fall, or something that occurs gradually over time through overuse, repetition, or general “wear and tear.”
Seek help for back pain and sciatica through physical therapy:
Back pain and sciatica are both completely treatable through physical therapy. Your Martinsburg physical therapist will create a treatment plan for you that is dependent upon your diagnosis. The early stages of your physical therapy treatments will focus on pain relief, which may include ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, light exercises, or posture improvement.
Once you begin to improve, your physical therapist will expand on your exercises and stretches, focusing on increasing your strength and range of motion. For example, water aerobics are common forms of treatment for back pain and sciatica, because it is a low-impact exercise that still allows you to stay active and regain strength.
If you are suffering from sciatica, your Martinsburg physical therapist will implement specific leg stretches into your treatment plan to loosen the sciatic nerve. The overall goal of physical therapy for back pain and sciatica is to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen the body so you can get back to doing your normal daily activities without worrying about pain or discomfort.
If you are experiencing back pain or sciatica, contact King Physical Therapy in Martinsburg, WV to schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapists. No matter how severe the pain may be, we will help you get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.