There is no one cause for back pain.
Sciatica, which is also known as sciatic neuralgia, is a condition that causes pain in the low back, down the back of the leg and into the foot. Many people experience the pain of sciatica, but never achieve a long-term solution.
An untreated sciatic condition can continue to worsen and make the daily tasks of living go from difficult to impossible.
The back has numerous bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. These add up to numerous opportunities for strain or injury, or pain that extends to the limbs. Eight out of every 10 adults will experience back pain at one point or another, making it the most common form of musculoskeletal pain.
Sciatica is a cause of pain in the posterior chain. Symptoms typically include weakness, numbness/tingling and pain. These symptoms occur when there’s interference with the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body. It serves the rear of the thighs, legs, and feet. Pain, numbness, or tingling may also be felt in glutes.
There are a number of factors that can lead to sciatica, but the most common cause is disc injuries and bulges. Sciatica is also common when there are misalignments in the spine due to postural issues, pregnancy or trauma.
Be Fit PT & Pilates in Downers Grove uses hands-on therapy to reduce and relieve symptoms, strengthen your muscles, and restore lost flexibility. Physical therapy can help relieve pain and improve mobility. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy sciatica. Physical therapy may be used alone or with other treatments such as Pilates integration.
The physical therapists at Be Fit PT & Pilates are highly trained to zero in on the source of the sciatica and to work with the patient in determining the most suitable approach to treatment.
Most health insurance plans will pay for some physical therapy, while some insurers require a referral from a doctor. Be Fit! Physical Therapy and Pilates is an independent rehabilitation and exercise facility in Downers Grove and accepts most major medical insurances.