Lower Back Pain, Sciatica, nerve trapped
Almost everyone will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. This pain can vary from mild to severe. It can be short-lived or long-lasting. However it happens, low back pain can make many everyday activities difficult to do.
In most cases, it is the result of mechanical damage to various structures forming and surrounding the spine: vertebrae, intervertebral discs, intervertebral joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Its cause may be:
overloading of muscles, tendons or paraspinal ligaments
herniated disc or discs degeneration
defects of posture and body structure, congenital defects of the spine
degenerative changes, leading, for example, to shifting the spine structures in relation to each other or narrowing of the spinal canal
vertebral fractures in the course of osteoporosis.
Back pain varies. It may be sharp or stabbing. It can be dull, achy, or feel some kind of cramps. The type of pain you have will depend on the underlying cause of your back pain.
Most people find that reclining or lying down improves their low back pain, no matter the underlying cause.
People with low back pain often find their pain worsens when:
-Bending and lifting
-Standing and walking
They may also experience:
-Back pain that comes and goes, and often follows an up and down course, with good days and bad days.
-Pain that extends from the back into the buttock or outer hip area, but not down the leg.
-Sciatica. This includes buttock and leg pain, and even numbness, tingling, or weakness that extends down to the foot. Although sciatica is commonly associated with a herniated disk, it is possible to have sciatica without back pain.
Mentioned Sciatica can be very painful and sudden condition. If you suddenly start feeling pain in your lower back or hip that radiates to the back of your thigh and into your leg, you may be experiencing sciatica.
Sciatica is a very broad term describing nerve pain, not a specific diagnosis. Sciatic pain occurs when the nerve root in the lumbar spine is compressed. The diagnosis is the cause of the nerve compression, such as a herniated disk also known as a slipped disk or spinal stenosis.
In ATP Physio Clinic, regardless of the cause and type of pain, we are able to help due to big experience and appropriate qualifications at assessing patients with lower back pain and diagnosing the cause of the problem.
Treatment will include a combination of passive therapy heat therapy and massage, mobilisation / manipulation, electrotherapy, ultrasound therapy, shortwave therapy, to relieve pain and muscle spasm, exercise to improve the strength of the core muscles and make the joints flexible.
Initial Physiotherapy Treatment