Sciatica & Back Pain Relief Colorado Springs, CO

Sciatica & Back Pain Relief

Lisa S

Before working with my PT, I was unable to do daily activities without pain, and my passion Pickleball, was out of the question. I was certain that I could never play again because my lower back was in a state of pain. Through Physical Therapy, I can now play Pickleball and manage daily life in a new pain free way!

SHARON S.

I came to Total Function Physical Therapy PC after having a lumbar back fusion. They were kind and compassionate and I am very grateful for the care I received! Excellent experience!

Connie W.

TFPT PC was awesome.  They helped me so much and made me feel comfortable, listened to me and explained everything to me.  TFPT PC's skills are excellent.  I am thankful for them.  As always I leave with a grateful heart.  I feel so much better.  Total Function will always be my choice.

Living with Back Pain? You Are Not Alone

Physical Therapy Can Help You Find Relief for Back Pain and Sciatica

If you wake up in the morning with back pain or notice nagging aches in your back, buttock, or thighs, the physical therapists at Total Function Physical Therapy can help you find relief. 

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, back pain is the most commonly reported pain across the nation, and one out of every four Americans has experienced back pain in the past three months.

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 is a more diffuse, radiating pain down the buttock, thigh, and even leg. It is also possible to have radiculopathy, which is a radiating numbness, tingling, burning, or sharp pain to a specific part of the leg. This is often associated with compression on the nerve, a tight muscle putting pressure on the sciatic nerve or in more extreme cases a herniated disc.

At Total Function Physical Therapy, our physical therapists will get to the root of the problem and provide long-lasting relief. In many cases, our treatments are even able to eliminate the need for harmful painkilling drugs, such as opioids, or an invasive surgical procedure. If you are suffering from back pain or sciatica, make physical therapy you first line of defense.

Physical Therapy treatment for back pain and sciatica

While back pain may come and go, it is always important to treat it right away. If not, it can lead to poor joint movement, core weakness, and poor muscle coordination, which can all lead to unwanted injuries in the future.

Back pain and sciatica are both completely treatable through physical therapy. Our Colorado Springs physical therapist will create a specific treatment plan for you based upon your diagnosis.

The early stages of your physical therapy treatment will focus on quick pain relief and improvement of mobility of the spine, the rib cage, the pelvis and the hip joints. Afterward, 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 ergonomic techniques for taking care of your spine during daily activities such as sitting at a desk, lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, lying down, sleeping or driving.

What caused my back pain and sciatica?

General back pain typically develops as the result of an injury. 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 serious, sudden trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident. 

Underlying conditions, such as herniated discs, can also cause immense pain, and cause radiculopathy in the thigh, leg, or foot. Degenerative disc disease is a common condition as we age, which can result in back pain. Those with this condition typically report dull, aching pains in their lower back, and have difficulty with prolonged standing or walking. 

Sciatica’s technical name is “lumbar radiculopathy.” People who develop this condition are generally between the ages of 30 and 50. Many different types of injuries can cause the development of sciatica, including arthritis, bone spurs, or any other injury that impacts the sciatic nerve. 

Most commonly, we find that people lose their flexibility in the hips and pelvis, which causes the gluteus and hip muscles to become tightened. In turn, this alters the mechanics of the spine, and compresses the sciatic nerve as it travels through these tissues.

Back pain and sciatica – defined

Back pain

“Back pain” is a term that can be caused by an array of different conditions. For example, you may experience back pain due to poor posture, a motor vehicle accident, or a lifting injury. The treatment plan that our physical therapists 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 acute, meaning it is short-term, or chronic, meaning it is long-term (typically lasting for three months or longer). 

Sciatica

Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is reported as being highly uncomfortable. However, it is also fortunately quite simple to diagnose. People with sciatica experience pain along the sciatic nerve, which is the largest and thickest nerve in your body. 

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 ends at the bottom of each foot. The sciatic nerve can become compressed or irritated, which causes a “shooting,” “stinging,” or “burning” sensation in your lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet.

Find relief for your back pain and/or sciatica today

If you are experiencing the symptoms of back pain or sciatica, find relief with Total Function Physical Therapy today. 

Contact Us Today at Colorado Springs, CO Center to request your appointment to get started on the first steps toward recovery and living a comfortable life.