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Back Pain & Sciatica

Jason S.
While I would certainly have preferred to have not found myself in need of physical therapy in the first place, I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience at Performance Therapy institute. I was battling a herniated disc and pretty nasty compressed nerve root – that was really causing me a lot of pain and impacting my day-to day activities. I had a couple of meetings with an orthopedic surgeon who (thankfully) suggested I meet with Josh at PTI – in an effort to avoid further diagnostic visits and, most importantly, to avoid spine surgery. Literally within a few minutes after meeting with Josh he had diagnosed (what was later confirmed by an MRI) exactly what was causing me so much pain, had a treatment plan put together to first remedy the pain, secondly to restore neck and arm motion and lastly to leave me with some tools and techniques to keep up the therapy at home. It took some work and some patience - but I really can’t describe how well things turned out. I should also comment that PTI’s facility is modern, clean, and comfortable and their equipment is top-notch. Josh and the rest of the staff are professional and courteous and very personable. I definitely felt like I was getting personalized care. I've had no experience with other therapy companies to compare to PTI; however, I did have a number of conversations with other PTI patients that had. The common theme was, “I really wish I had started out at Performance Therapy – what I was doing before was a waste of time.” Thanks so much to Josh and the team at PTI !!
Rob D.
Josh and staff at PTI have worked miracles on me. I suffered a terrible case of medial epicondylitis followed by a bulging disc in my C5 vertebrae that caused a pinched nerve that rendered my left arm relatively useless. With the help of Josh at PTI I am back on the golf course after a 6 month forced hiatus and I have never felt better. Thank you so much for what you have done for me!!
David B.
I had a great experience working with Josh. I am in my mid-30s and was struggling with lower back and hip issues which were making it difficult to run and play soccer without risking further injury. Working with Josh, I started feeling better in a few visits and I made big improvements over a few months. Josh did a great job of identifying my underlying issues and designing a therapy program to address them. The center doesn't over-schedule so I had a lot of individual attention and observation from Josh. Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend Performance Therapy.
Virginia M.
These folks are the BEST! Had to go to them twice in the last year, once for plantar fasciitis and once for severe back muscle spasms that had been unrelenting for a month. They got me straightened out so fast and back to full mobility with no more pain. Friendly staff who obviously care about you as an individual. Professional and thorough. Plus the facility itself is bright, welcoming and clean. Can't say enough nice things about them. I highly recommend PTI to anyone who needs physical therapy.

Did you know that up to 70 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives? With numbers like that, it’s no wonder that many times, low back pain can become a chronic issue. If you or a loved one have been experiencing any early warning signs of a back injury or sciatica that include numbness, tingling, and intense pain – physical therapy can help. Our experienced physical therapist has the skills needed to provide safe, effective and non-invasive treatment for patients of all ages. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy for low back pain and sciatica.

What is Sciatica?

When the sciatic nerve becomes irritated, it results in intense and often chronic pain that is called sciatica. Anything that irritates the sciatic nerve can result in pain, from mild to very severe. However, in most cases, sciatica is the result of a compressed nerve in the lower spine. Many people confuse the term sciatica with general low back pain. But this common musculoskeletal condition is not just limited to the lower back. Because the sciatic nerve is the widest and longest nerve in the body, it is possible for patients to experience pain that runs down from the lower back, into the buttocks, then down through the legs and feet.

The sciatic nerve controls a group of muscles in the lower legs, supplying sensation to the lower leg area and the foot. While sciatica is not technically a condition but a symptom of other common issues affecting the sciatic nerve, it is estimated that up to 40 percent of people will suffer from sciatica at least once in their lifetime.

Often, sciatica is the result of an injured spinal disc compressing the sciatic nerve. When a patient has a ruptured disc, it can leak (herniate) or protrude (bulge) out of place and put pressure on the nearby nerve. This type of injury can be the result of regular wear and tear, repetitive stress on the lower back or some form of acute trauma. Other common underlying issues that may result in sciatic nerve pain include:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bony tumors (in rare cases)

Common Symptoms and Risk Factors Associated with Low Back Pain and Sciatica

While the sciatic nerve originates in the lower spine, some people with the condition may not experience any low back pain at all. Instead, they suffer from a number of different symptoms that affect the nerves that flow into the right or left leg. In cases where sciatica affects the legs, patients may experience symptoms that include:

  • Pain radiating from the buttocks, down into the back of the leg and sometimes into the feet.
  • Shooting pain in the legs, numbness, and burning pain
  • Weakness in the legs
  • Decreased reflexes in the legs

Other common symptoms may include back stiffness, a decreased range of motion in the hip area, muscles tenderness and spasms. Patients may also find that their pain and other symptoms seem more severe in the morning and after prolonged periods of standing or sitting. While lower back pain and sciatica can affect people of all ages, it typically affects men aged 30 to 50, people who have very physically demanding jobs, those who have recently experienced some form of physical trauma like a car accident and anyone who may sit or stand a lot. Additionally, diabetes, smoking, and obesity may increase your risk of sciatica and lower back pain.

How Does Physical Therapy Help Treat Sciatica and Low Back Pain?

Our physical therapists can help to manage low back pain and sciatica symptoms through the use of targeted physical therapy treatment. This safe and prescription drug-free treatment option is non-invasive and designed to promote faster natural healing while providing fast pain relief. Instead of simply treating your symptoms, physical therapy is designed to alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve for long-lasting relief. Want to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy for lower back pain and sciatica? Contact our physical therapist today for more information and be sure to schedule an initial consultation.

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