Sciatica and Back Pain Relief Huntington Beach, CA

Sciatica and Back Pain Relief

M.F.

I began therapy treatment with Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy following more than a year of severe chronic foot pain.

Gloria L.

The staff at Southern California Aquatic Therapy has helped prepare me for two recent surgeries and assisted in my rehabilitation and healing.

Physical Therapy Is the Key To Back Pain and Sciatica Relief 

Is Back Pain or Sciatica Making the Simplest of Tasks Unbearable? Let Physical Therapy Help!

Do you ever have nagging back pain first thing in the morning? Are you suffering from achy pain that reaches into your back, buttocks, thigh or even down to your foot? Are you having to watch what you do because you fear you may “throw out” your back? Well, you’re not alone.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the most commonly reported pain across the nation is actually back pain. One out of every four Americans has had some form of back pain in the past three months. 

Wondering What  the difference between Back Pain, Sciatica and Radiculopathy is?

Even though back pain, sciatica and radiculopathy have noticeable differences, they are often confused with each other. Back pain is specific to the upper, middle or lower back. 

Back Pain

“Back pain” is something that can be caused by a wide array of different conditions. For example, you may experience back pain because of a motor vehicle accident, a lifting injury, or even due to poor posture. The treatment plan that our Huntington Beach, CA physical therapist sets up for you, will depend on how you developed the back pain, in addition to its exact location and your past medical history. 

Back pain can be described as short-term, or acute, or long-term, also called, chronic (usually lasting for three months or longer). 

Sciatica and Radiculopathy

Radiculpathy is the general term that describes a range of symptoms coming from a spinal root, this can occur at any level of the spine.  Sciatica refers to the specific sciatic nerve coming from the low back.  Those with sciatica will experience pain along the largest nerve in your body, otherwise known as the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the only nerve in the leg but is the most common nerve to cause complaints.

The sciatic nerve begins at your lower back and then splits at the base of your spine to extend further down to your buttocks, legs, and finally to the bottom of each foot. 

Any radiculopathy can cause nerve symptoms If it  becomes compressed or irritated.  These symptoms can cause a “shooting,” “stinging,” or “burning” or general aching sensation in your lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet.

People who develop this condition are usually between the ages of 30 and 50. Many different types of injuries can cause this type of pain. It can be associated with a herniated disc, or entrapment of the nerve of that area, as it leaves the spine.

If you’re searching for long-term back pain relief, sciatica relief or radiculopathy relief, medication that will just mask the symptoms is not the answer. Your body is telling you there is a deeper root problem that needs to be solved. What you need to know is that physical therapy should be your first treatment of choice. With PT, there is no need for harmful painkilling drugs like opioids, and can likely help you to avoid an invasive surgical procedure in the future. Contact Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy today to get started with your personal physical therapy program!

Where did my back pain start?

General back pain can develop as the result of an injury or poor posture. This can be due to repetitive straining motions, such as leaning down multiple times throughout the day to pick up a toddler, or a more dangerous and sudden trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident. 

Underlying conditions, such as herniated discs, can also cause immense pain and cause radiculopathy pain to the thigh, leg, or foot. Degenerative disc disease, which can result in back pain is a common condition that begins to show itself as we get older. Those with this condition typically report dull, aching pains in their lower back, and have difficulty with standing or walking for long periods of time. But just because your x-ray or MRI shows you have degenerative disc disease, this may not be the cause of your pain.

Often, we find that people lose their flexibility in the hips and pelvis, which causes the gluteus and hip muscles to become tightened. This tightening alters the mechanics of the spine, and can cause compression to the nerve as it travels through these tissues. 

 Get back in control with physical therapy!

For many, back pain will thankfully be a fleeting. However, what many don’t know, is that the underlying problem of poor joint movement, core weakness, and poor muscle coordination, is a catalyst for future back injury, which can be significantly worse. 

Back pain and sciatica are both completely treatable through physical therapy. Our Huntington Beach, CA physical therapist creates a personalized treatment plan for you that will be tailored to your diagnosis. The early stages of your treatment will focus on quick pain relief and commonly aquatic physical therapy.  The earlier you move, the quicker your recovery.

As your pain reduces, our physical therapist will key in more on strengthening your core muscle group with specific therapeutic exercises and stretches. With these exercises and techniques, the goal will be to increase your strength and range of motion to prevent re-injury of your spine. We teach you the ins and outs of ergonomics and ways to make sure you know how to take care of your spine in order to avoid future problems.No matter how severe the pain may be, we will help you get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. Make back pain and sciatica a thing of the past and request an appointment with one of our specialists at Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy today!