Sciatica & Back Pain Relief Huntington Beach, CA

Back Pain & Sciatica Relief

All of us have had a sore back at some point from a sport, the gym or just regular daily activities and need to spend a day or two with an ice or heat pad. But when serious back and leg pain make it hard to function, you need help to recover.

What is sciatica?

There can be a variety of causes of sciatica, which can be a compression or irritation of the large nerve originating from your lower back. This may be caused from the normal aging process, osteoarthritis or an injury. Sciatica can cause pain, numbness or tingling down the leg making movement more difficult. Often you feel it on one side only and the symptoms can be related to your movement. Keep in mind, gentle movement, improvement in posture and movement patterns can often times significantly help sciatic nerve and back pain.

How Do We Treat Back Pain and Sciatica?

Working on core and whole body strengthening and flexibility are crucial components of treating sciatic nerve and back pain. Nerves need oxygen, gentle movements and good circulation to heal and recover. The old adage “No Pain, No Gain” does not work well with healing nerve pain. When you have sciatic pain, the usual stretching and exercises may not work well and may irritate the sciatic pain even more.

The types of successful treatments we offer are:

  • Warm water Aquatic Physical Therapy including deep end decompression and conditioning, taking stress off of the spine and nerves to allow for greater movement without pain and improvement in circulation nourishing those healing nerves
  • Core stabilization training and functional movement training, this teaches you how to move in ways that allow for the greatest healing environment in your own body by strengthening your whole body in safe ways
  • Manual Therapy by our highly trained physical therapists will pinpoint areas in your spine and painful areas to improve circulation, reduce muscle spasm and promote greater flexibility allowing you to move more easily.
  • Modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation can reduce inflammation and muscle spasm and improve circulation to nourish the muscle and nervous system.
  • Active Taping Techniques help support painful areas of your spine and leg to reduce pain while your symptoms are improving.
  • Education is key to recovery! Our Physical Therapists will provide you with resources and education to better understand your condition and how you can help yourself feel better every day.

Our goal is to be your partner so you can achieve your goal of recovery success! Get pain relief today with the help of our highly trained physical therapists and staff. For more information, Contact Us at Huntington Beach, CA Center.

FAQs

How do I know if my back pain is serious?

The pain you experience in your back may either be acute or chronic, depending on how it was sustained. Acute pain means that it lasts for a short time and is usually severe. Chronic pain means that it lasts generally three months or longer and it can either cause dull or severe persistent pain. The pain you experience is typically either rooted in your back muscles or the bones in your spine. If your pain is severe enough to hinder you from doing daily tasks, if it suddenly worsens, or if it has lasted longer than three months, then it is time to seek the help of a physical therapist.

How do I get relief from back pain?

You can treat your back pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthening the muscles in the affected areas, and using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain, and may even help you avoid more invasive procedures, such as surgery.

What is the best physical therapy treatment for back pain?

Your physical therapist will design a treatment plan based on your specific needs. Your individualized treatment plan will incorporate the best methods possible for relieving your pain, facilitating the healing process, and restoring function and movement to the affected area(s) of your back. Your initial appointment will consist of a comprehensive evaluation, which will help your physical therapist discover which forms of treatment will be best for the orthopedic, neurologic, or cardiovascular condition you are experiencing. The main stages of your plan will focus on pain relief, which may include any combination of ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, posture improvement, targeted stretches and exercises, or any other treatment that your physical therapist may deem fit. While there is no singular method for relieving back pain, your physical therapist will make sure you receive the best treatments for your needs.

How do you relieve back pain without drugs?

While medication is easy, it only helps your pain subside for a short amount of time. Over time, certain drugs can cause some unfavorable side effects, and in some cases, they can be habit-forming. With NSAIDs, you run the risk of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. With corticosteroids, you run the risk of cataracts, high blood sugar levels, and bone loss. Luckily, there is a much safer and healthier alternative to treating persistent back pain: physical therapy. At your initial consultation, your physical therapist will ask you several questions regarding your medical history, lifestyle, and painful area(s). This information will assist your physical therapist in creating the best treatment plan for you and your specific needs, so you can be provided with long-term results.

We provide relief for various conditions for the following areas:

Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Fullerton, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Westminster, Irvine, Cypress, Anaheim, Brea, Tustin, Long Beach, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Corona Del Mar, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Tustin Ranch, Newport Coast, Santa Ana and all of Orange County!