Back Pain & Sciatica Pain relief Nashua, NH

Back Pain & Sciatica

Back pain comes in all shapes and sizes. It may be chronic, acute or sudden. Lower back pain is very common with age and can limit your daily activities. Physical therapy can help with many different types of back pain. The first step is determining the cause of your pain.

The Relationship Between Back Pain and Sciatica

Sciatica is often caused by a herniated disc in the lower back. The vertebrae are the bones that make up the spine. Round discs of connective tissues separate and cushion the vertebrae. If a disc gets injured or overused, it’s center can push out from the hard-outer ring. This is when the disc herniates. It puts pressure on the surrounding nerves and causes a lot of pain. The most characteristic sign of sciatica is that the pain runs from the lower back to the side or back of the legs. Other symptoms include sharp pain, tingling and numbness in the leg.  Any impingement of it can cause pain in the lower back, legs and feet.

Some doctors refer to sciatica as radiculopathy. Radiculopathy occurs not only when there is compression of a nerve root due to a herniated disc, but it can occur due to a bone spur. In addition, compression of a nerve root can occur due to a bulging disc, trauma, spinal tumors and lumbar spinal stenosis.

How Physical Therapy Can Help Back Pain and Sciatica

The goals of any physical therapy treatment plan are to reduce pain, increase function and provide a maintenance program for back pain and sciatica.  The exercise regimen may consist of strengthening, stretching and aerobic conditioning. Core muscle training is also a part of a good lower back pain treatment plan. It’s important that these exercises are done properly and consistently.