Do you often wake up in the morning with annoying back pain? Have you felt aches in your back, thighs, and buttocks region? Can you not do certain things because you’re worried you’ll “throw out your back” or hurt yourself?
Back pain can be experienced in the upper, middle, or lower parts of your back. Sciatica and back pain often get confused with each other. Sciatica, or ‘lumbar radiculopathy’, is a condition in which shooting or intense aching pain radiates down the buttock, thighs, and legs. It’s also common to experience radiating numbness, burning, or tingling sensations in certain parts of the leg. This is called ‘radiculopathy’, and it may be associated with herniated discs and entrapped nerves.
Don’t rely on prescription medications to give you relief from back and sciatic pain. Listen to your body; it’s trying to alert you to the deeper root of the problem! Physiotherapy is an excellent route to take if you’re looking for long-lasting relief from sciatica and/or back pain. Deciding to see a physiotherapist can also eliminate or at least reduce the need to take painkillers or have invasive surgery. Be sure to contact Amped Physiotherapy to learn more about treatment options today.
Sciatic pain is extremely uncomfortable, but it is very easy to diagnose! People suffering from sciatica experience pain along their sciatic nerve. This is the largest nerve in your body, so if you’re feeling pressure on it when you move, it’s important to get it checked out.
Your sciatic nerve starts at your lower back and runs through your pelvis to exit at the back of each of your hips, continues down your legs, and finally finishes in the bottom of each foot. If this nerve becomes irritated or compressed, you’ll feel burning sensations along your lower back, buttocks, legs, and/or feet.
The term “back pain” is widely used and can be the result of a multitude of different conditions. You might experience back pain because of an injury, auto accident, or poor posture. Your Amped physiotherapist will set up a treatment plan for you with exercises and stretches. These will vary depending on where your pain is located and how your back pain came about, as well as any important considerations from your medical history.
Back pain can be described as “acute,” meaning it came on quickly with intense pain, or “chronic,” meaning it is long-term and probably has been an issue for you for at least three months.
Back pain may develop as a result of an injury, but it may also sneak up on you. If you are experiencing back pain, you may remember an incident that caused your back to begin hurting, but that is not always the case. There are many reasons back pain may occur, and we can’t really predict when someone will hurt their back.
Degenerative disc disease is a common condition that many people develop over time. Luckily, degenerative discs don’t cause pain. They are just like grey hair and wrinkles – signs of normal aging. If your x-rays show degenerative discs and you are experiencing dull, aching pains in your lower back region, have problems standing or walking for long periods of time, we treat those as well.
The good news is no matter what the cause, once we properly diagnose you and determine the best way of getting your pain under control in Stage 1, being flexible and strong is the answer to treating it over the long term.
Sciatica usually develops in people who are between the ages of 30 and 50. Arthritis, bone spurs, and other injuries that can directly impact the sciatic nerve are all conditions that can cause sciatic pain. Often, we find that as people age, they stop moving and exercising as much. Less movement and exercise causes them to lose flexibility in their pelvis and hips, and lose strength in the key core and hip muscles. As a result, the way you move through your spine can be altered and the sciatic nerve may become compressed as it travels through these tissues.
Back pain will come and go for most people. However, the underlying issues of a restricted range of motion in your joints, core muscle weakness, and poor muscle coordination are what need to be addressed. If these conditions aren’t taken care of early on, you could be setting yourself up for recurring episodes of back pain. If you only get one episode in your life, good for you – you are one of the lucky ones. If you suffer from more frequent flare-ups and more intense episodes of pain, it’s not going to go away by itself. Consult with us to get ahead of your next flare-up!
The good news is that back pain and sciatica are 100% treatable with physiotherapy. An Amped physiotherapist will create a special treatment plan for you, and teach you the best program for your particular condition.
At the beginning of your treatment plan, your physiotherapist will focus on quick pain relief options for you. As your pain decreases, your physiotherapist will begin focusing on strengthening your core and improving your movement control with specific exercises. The main objectives are to increase your range of motion, strength, and stamina to prevent you from exceeding your tissue tolerance again. Your physiotherapist will also teach you how to take care of your spine in general to avoid future problems.