Sciatica & Back Pain Relief Redding, CA

Back Pain and Sciatica

Back pain and sciatica are often related. Sciatica causes back pain, numbness and weakness that radiates along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a big nerve that travels from the lumbar region of the back and down the leg all the way to the feet. Sciatica pain is typically described as sharp and searing. Most sciatica symptoms are a direct result of lower back abnormalities between the L4 and S1. Pressure is usually put upon the lumbar nerve root. It is important to note that sciatica is a symptom of an underlying problem. It is not a diagnosis in itself.

Causes of Sciatica and Back Pain

There can be a variety of root causes of sciatica, such as a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, facet joint dysfunction, osteoarthritis and more. The center of a lumbar disc is filled with a jelly-like substance that can break through the outer layer and press on a nearby nerve root. This nerve compression can cause back pain. Keep in mind that the disc walls are abundant with nerve fibers. Any tear through the wall can cause severe pain. As people age, the lumbar discs lose hydration and wear down, providing minimal cushion for any impact. This condition is known as degenerative disc disease.

Physical Therapy Services

A physical therapist uses many techniques and forms of treatment to help eliminate sciatica. Treatment may include manual therapy (spinal manipulation or mobilization, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, McKenzie-based therapy, core strengthening exercises or nerve glides. These are active types of physical therapy treatment. Passive types of physical therapy treatment include ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, deep tissue laser and heat or ice therapy. Deep tissue massage targets muscle tension that may be compressing the sciatic nerve. Ultrasound treatment sends sound waves into muscle tissues to increase circulation and reduce pain, swelling and muscle spasms. Hot and cold therapies bring more oxygen to the affected area and help reduce spasms that may be causing both back pain and sciatica pain.

The goal of physical therapists is to help manage and eliminate pain from sciatica, increase spinal stability, improve range of motion and restore the patient back to normal function.

Relief for lower back pain is on the way with the help of a physical therapist. In many cases physical therapy will result in effective and long-lasting sciatica and/or back pain relief. It’s an effective treatment rather than drugs or surgery.

Contact us at Redding, CA center and get pain relief today with the help of a FYZICAL Therapist.

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