Sciatica and Severe Low back pain

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Sciatica can come from Severe Low Back Pain

One common cause of Sciatica is Severe Lower Back Pain. The sciatic nerve is one of the larger neural structures in the body. This nerve starts at the low back region and runs through the buttock and down the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve controls many muscles of the lower leg and also passes sensory information to the brain.

Sciatica Low Back Pain

Sciatica Can Cause Severe Low Back Pain

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

The quick answer is:

  • Pain in the low back which may radiate down the back of your leg and buttock.
  • Pain that is described from the buttock to the foot.
  • The patient may present with numbness and/or weakness in the lower extremity.

Sciatica normally only affects one leg. Many times it starts in the low back and can be severe and very debilitating. JOI Rehab has a dedicated spine center with specially trained spinal clinicians that offer effective rehab options. First, laser and massage can help ease the acute pain. Next, when the pain is controlled, advancement with functional mobilization and core strengthening is implemented. The final phase is learning an effective home program to manage on your own.

JOI Physical Therapy Treatments For Low Back Pain

A very common area for pain is the lower back. Just like there are many reasons for low back pain there are also many ways to treat it in Physical Therapy. Joint mobilization, which is a hands-on technique to improve mobility of the joint, is used to treat low back pain. Medical massages are becoming more common of a way to treat pain in the lower back as well. Ergonomic education is very important in treating low back pain and sciatica.  At times, McKenzie exercises are used to treat sciatica.  To learn about Robotic Spine Surgery, please go to this Video.

Lastly and perhaps most importantly is keeping up with your health. Weight loss and a healthy BMI are always recommended in the treatment of low back pain. To find out more about our FAST Track Spine Program, read this ARTICLE or call 904-858-7045 for appointments.

Sciatica can be caused by a pinched nerve

Pinched human sciatic nerve

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Ehren Alllen is a physical therapist and medical content writer for JOI

Ehren Allen, DPT, COMT

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