Low Back Pain / Sciatica

Low back pain is one of the most common and frustrating ailments for adults in the US. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 60-70% of adults suffer from a form of lower back pain. In recent years, with an increasing amount of adults now working and exercising from home, adults are looking for ways to avoid and treat their pain.

What is the difference between low back pain and Sciatica?

Simply put, low back pain is any pain that you experience from the middle of your back to the top of your buttocks. Sciatica is the inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which originates in the lower back and extends all the way to the feet. Sciatic nerve inflammation can show itself in different ways, such as pain, numbness, or tingling in your buttocks, thighs, lower legs, and feet.

What causes low back pain and sciatica?

There are many different theories on what causes low back pain and sciatica amongst active adults. These include poor posture while working, reading, or relaxing on your phone, sitting at a computer all day, repetitive heavy lifting and carrying without attention to body mechanics, and prolonged periods of time spent participating in recreational activities without adequate strength to tolerate those activities, are amongst a few. Elevate Physical Therapy works with each of its clients to find the root cause of the pain and treat it with an individualized plan. They also work to minimize risk factors for future back pain.

How do you relieve and fix back pain?

Elevated PT believes in improving and preventing the symptoms of lower back pain. First, we work to immediately reduce the pain the client is experiencing, then we implement an individualized plan for stretches and exercises on-site and at home. Education is important to Elevate PT, and ensuring not only their clients get treatment for their pain, but also ways to manage and prevent future pain. They educate their clients on postural and ergonomic corrections as well as providing patient-specific core and muscular endurance strengthening programs that can be referenced as needed.