Back & Sciatica Pain Relief Physical Therapy Louisville, KY

Back Pain & Sciatica

If you’re dealing with back pain, whether it’s due to sciatica or some other cause, you’re not alone. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, back pain is so common that 8 out of 10 people will deal with it during their lifetime. Dealing with back pain can be a challenge because it requires a special approach if you want long-term results. Physical therapy is your most powerful weapon against back pain and sciatica because it gives genuine relief and lasting results. Contact our physical therapists today to get the low back pain and sciatica relief you need.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve — the longest nerve in the human body — is injured in some way, typically through compression or inflammation. Your sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and travels all the way down each of your legs. When you have sciatica, you may feel discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve path. The hallmark sign of sciatica is pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg. Some sciatica sufferers also have an unpleasant tingling sensation that travels down the leg and can go as far as their feet.

Causes of Sciatica

The nerve injury that causes sciatica can happen in several different ways. One common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc. Disc herniation happens when one of your discs moves out of its normal place between two of your lumbar vertebrae. As the disc moves, it puts pressure on your sciatic nerve, and this causes sciatica symptoms like low back pain.

While a herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica, there are other potential causes as well. These can include:

  • Spinal stenosis: is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can cause pressure on the nerve that travels through the spine.
  • Spondylolisthesis: when one of your lower back vertebrae slips forward and onto the vertebra below it, often putting pressure on nerve tissue.
  • Degenerative disc disease: this is more likely to happen as the body ages. When the discs begin to wear down, they start thinning limiting the space between vertebrae, which can cause disc, vertebrae, and nerve issues including sciatica.
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine: is the breakdown of the cartilage of the joints and discs. It can produce spurs that put pressure on the nerves causing pain.

How Physical Therapy Helps Sciatica and Low Back Pain

Research has repeatedly proven that physical therapy is highly effective for sciatica and back pain relief. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended physical therapy for non-invasive pain relief.
Physical therapy is the most powerful way to fight sciatica and low back pain for one simple reason: it focuses on actually dealing with — and eliminating — the pain at its source. In contrast, taking medications like pain relievers only give you short-term symptom relief. After a few hours, you’ll need more medication and your symptoms will remain. After physical therapy, your back pain and sciatica symptoms will actually be resolved for the long term.

Your physical therapist will perform a complete assessment to determine the origin of your pain and will then customize a plan for back pain and sciatica relief. Your treatment focuses on relieving the pressure on your sciatic nerve, healing injured tissue and alleviating inflammation. You’ll also increase stronger, improve your range of motion, and take steps to decrease the odds of re-injury in the future.

Some of the treatments used for sciatica and low back pain include:

  • Soft Tissue Mobilizations
  • Spinal/Joint Mobilizations
  • Manual Spinal traction
  • Myofascial Release
  • Prescribed therapeutic stabilization exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Heat therapy
  • Cold (ice) therapy

These non-invasive physical therapy techniques used by our team are specifically utilized for two reasons: for your specific needs and their high effectiveness rates. Your physical therapist will use the best evidence-based treatments to help you beat sciatica pain, both now and for the long term. Contact Us Today at Louisville, KY Center anytime to start your journey to be free of back pain and sciatica!