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Nagging aches in your back, buttock, or legs
It is always important to treat your back pain or sciatica right away. Delaying treatment can lead to poor joint movement, core weakness, and poor muscle coordination, which can all lead to unwanted injuries in the future. At Newport Physical Therapy physical therapists will get to the root of the problem and provide long-lasting relief by creating a specific treatment plan based upon your impairments and your diagnosis.
While back pain and sciatica are similar, they still have their differences and are often confused with one another. Back pain is found specifically in the upper, middle or lower back. Sciatica tends to radiate pain down the buttock, thigh, and even leg. It is also possible to have a radiculopathy, which present as numbness, tingling, or burning to a specific part of the leg. This is often associated with a herniated disc, or entrapment of the nerve in that area, as it exits the spine.
What’s involved in a treatment plan?
The early stages of your physical therapy treatment will focus on pain relief. As you progress, our physical therapist will expand your treatment to include strengthening your core muscle group with specific therapeutic exercises and stretches. This helps improve your strength and range of motion to prevent re-injury of your spine. Our physical therapist will also provide you with instruction in proper body mechanics and ergonomics to keep your spine safe during daily activities, such as lifting, sitting at a desk and driving.
What causes back pain and/or sciatica?
You may have injured your back due to repetitive straining motions, poor posture, a lifting injury or sudden trauma such as a motor vehicle accident. In addition, you may have underlying conditions such as disk herniation, arthritis, or bone spurs, that may be contributing to your symptoms. Commonly, we find that people with back pain present with loss tof flexibility in the hips and pelvis, and weakness in the core muscles which alters the mechanics of the spine.
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