Sciatica | Severe Low back pain | JOI

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Sciatica Can Cause Severe Low Back Pain

The Cause of Severe Low Back Pain may be Sciatica

One common cause of severe low back pain is sciatica. The sciatic nerve is one 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. When the sciatic nerve becomes irritated and inflamed it results in sciatica.


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 side of the lower leg. Many times it also affects the lower back and the intensity can be severe and very debilitating. JOI Rehab has a dedicated spine center with specially trained spinal clinicians that have a vast array of rehab options. First, laser and massage can help calm down the acute pain. Next, when the pain is controlled, advancement with functional mobilization and core strengthening will be implemented. The final phase will be to teach you 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.

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.  If you are in need of physical therapy, give JOI Rehab a call at 904 858 7045.  To find out more about our FAST Track Spine Program, read this ARTICLE.

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

Ehren Allen, DPT, COMT

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