Back Pain Relief Bellaire, Bridgeport, OH & Beckley, Morgantown, Benwood, Gassaway, Wv

Back Pain Relief

How do you know if your back pain has become chronic?

All of us have pulled a back muscle at some point, needing to spend a day or two cozied up to an ice pack and a heating pad. But, when serious back and lower body pain, as well as stiffness or numbness make it hard to function it is time to take your pain seriously and seek intervention.

Back pain can be caused from variety of issues including spinal instability or mal-alignment, herniated discs, overuse, spinal fractures bone spurs or degeneration of the spinal structures, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors or scoliosis.

Without a thorough evaluation of your symptoms it is impossible to know if your back pain is coming from muscular tightness, a spinal alignment problem or from nerve impingement either in the lower back or distally in the leg. Or from something more serious like a tumor. That’s why it is important to share your concerns with a healthcare professional so that the root cause can be determined.

What is sciatica?

When nerves in your lower back become pinched or compressed, the resulting pain, tingling and numbness can affect your back, buttocks, groin and legs. Often, you’ll feel it only on one side. This is what is commonly known as sciatica.

If the pelvic girdle, which supports the musculature of the lower extremities is mal-aligned, this can cause impingement of the sciatic nerve sending pain, numbness and tingling into the leg. Alignment problems can be easily and quickly remedied by a visit to a physical therapist trained in manual therapy. If mal-alignment is not found as the reason for your symptoms then your healthcare professional can determine and treat whatever else may be the cause or refer you for further evaluation by another professional.

Physical Therapy can offer numerous interventions to address your lower back and sciatica pain?

Working on strength, flexibility and circulation are all crucial components to treating sciatic back and lower body pain. Among the most common categories of treatments for sciatica in physical therapy are:

  • Manual Therapy , to reduce soft tissue tightness and muscle tension and to align the spine and pelvic girdle. Low impact muscle energy techniques can be utilized to align the bony structures which results in a lessening of the muscle tightness and an improvement in mobility. Deep tissue massage and soft tissue mobilization releases taut and adhered tissues, increased blood flow and improves pliability of the tissues.
  • Physical modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage and dry needling are good interventions for relieving pain and inflammation, reducing muscle tension and improving circulation so vital to restoring the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
  • Stretching exercises, to boost flexibility. Back pain and sciatica often cause spasms, tightness and limited range of motion in your back and legs. Various moves, such as hamstring stretches and lower-back moves like the “cobra” or the sitting torso twist, will loosen muscles and boost mobility.


Ready to eradicate your pain?

If you are tired of that nagging back pain or leg pain then now is the time to contact Valley Rehab Center for a consultation. Most insurances require a referral from your primary care physician or a specialist. Since Ohio is a direct access state, you may also opt to see one of our trained physical therapist on a self-pay  basis, for consultation and treatment.

In either case, our highly trained physical therapists will give you a full evaluation, and make recommendations to your referring physician or specialist. We will work closely with your referring provider to meet all of your rehabilitation needs.

For more information, Contact us today at Bellaire, Bridgeport, OH & Beckley, Morgantown, Benwood, Gassaway, WV centers.