Back Pain Relief and Sciatica Pain Relief Kitchener, Waterloo, Elmira, ON

Back Pain & Sciatica Relief

Leona Stumpf

I have been suffering from chronic back pain for several years. It has stopped me from doing the simplest things, like going for a walk and enjoying activities with my family. I was having trouble walking and getting out of bed. I dreaded days when it would rain, as my back would act up. From that very first laser therapy treatment, I had less pain and more mobility. Now, after a few treatments, I’m enjoying brisk walks with my husband, pushing my granddaughter up hills in her stroller and no pain or stiffness when it rains. Laser Therapy has been a game-changer for me!

Sue Plouffe

Before I came to physiotherapy I had long term shoulder pain i had learned to live with that got much worse, so I barely had any shoulder movement. Christine was very friendly and thoroough and I left better after the first treatment.

Marion Johnston

I was introduced to SOS through one of their Saturday Workshop meetings. I was suffering with pinched nerves in my hip/back area. Because of arthritis I am nervous of manipulations. Steve was fabulous. The dry needles were so helpful.

Brit Carey

I’ve had chronic back pain for several years, and have broken my elbow and ankle in the last 10 years. My time in Physio has brought me tons of functional independence, strength, and has helped me get back on my feet numerous times. I have even gained relief from symptoms of Benign Positional Vertigo through Physiotherapy treatments. Being able to receive the rehabilitation I have has greatly improved the quality of my life.

Doug Boughner

During the past 30 years I have experienced chronic problems with my lower back. Years of sitting behind a desk and questionable choices in landscaping projects have caused periodic issues with my spine. Weekly visits brought the pain level down drastically and allowed me to resume exercises and sports that I enjoyed.

Piroska Szabo

I have been coming regularly for treatments for my neck, back and feet for the past 6 years. Due to my work where I sit for prolonged periods of time, I experienced chronic neck, shoulder & back tension, muscle aches & restriction of movement and chronic inflammation in the joints. SOS Physiotherapy treatments made a marked difference in my range of motion and gave me much appreciated relief from pain. I received a combination of manual manipulation, ultrasound, acupuncture and IFC.

Suffering from Back Pain or Sciatica? Get Help with Physiotherapy

Do you wake up in the morning with nagging back pain? Are you feeling achy pain into your back, buttocks, or even thigh? Are you having to watch what you do, because you are afraid you may throw out your back?

According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, four out of five Canadians experience at least one episode of low back pain at some point in their life. Physiotherapy for patients with low back pain is effective in reducing both acute and chronic pain while significantly limiting the risk of increased disability and chronic conditions. 

Back pain and sciatica differ but are often confused with each other. Back is specific to the upper, middle or lower back. Sciatica is a more diffuse, radiating pain down the buttock, thigh, and even leg. It is also possible to have radiculopathy, which is a radiating numbness, tingling, burning, or sharp pain to a specific part of the leg. This is often associated with a herniated disc, or entrapment of the nerve of that area, as it exits the spine.

If you’re searching for back pain relief or sciatica relief, don’t rely on medicines to mask the symptoms. Your body is telling you there is a deeper root cause that needs to be fixed. Know that, physiotherapy should be your first treatment of choice. It eliminates your need for harmful painkilling drugs, such as opioids, and possibly will help you to avoid an invasive surgical procedure in the future.

How did my back pain or sciatica occur?

General back pain typically develops as the result of an injury. This can be due to repetitive straining motions, such as leaning down multiple times throughout the day to pick up a toddler, or a more serious, sudden trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident. Underlying conditions, such as herniated discs, can also cause immense pain, and cause radiculopathy pain to the thigh, leg, or foot. Degenerative disc disease is a common condition that presents itself as we age, which can result in back pain. Those with this condition typically report dull, aching pains in their lower back, and have difficulty with prolonged standing or walking. 

Sciatica’s technical name is “lumbar radiculopathy.” Many different types of injuries can cause the development of sciatica, including arthritis, bone spurs, or any other injury that impacts the sciatic nerve. Most commonly, we find that people lose their flexibility in the hips and pelvis, which causes the gluteus and hip muscles to become tightened. This is turn, alters the mechanics of the spine, and causes compression to the sciatic nerve as it travels through these tissues. 

How can I tell the difference between back pain and sciatica?

Back pain

“Back pain” is a term that can be caused by an array of different conditions. For example, you may experience back pain due to poor posture, a motor vehicle accident, or a lifting injury. The treatment plan that our physiotherapists set up for you, will depend on how you developed the back pain, in addition to its exact location and your past medical history. 

Back pain can be described as acute, meaning it is short-term, or chronic, meaning it is long-term (typically lasting for three months or longer). 

Sciatica

Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is reported as being highly uncomfortable. However, it is also fortunately very simple to diagnose. People with sciatica experience pain along their sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. 

The sciatic nerve begins at your lower back and then splits at the base of your spine to extend further down to your buttocks, legs, and finally to the bottom of each foot. The sciatic nerve can become compressed or irritated, which causes a “shooting,” “stinging,” or “burning” sensation in your lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet.

Relieve your back pain or sciatica today:

For most people, back pain will come and go. However, what many people don’t realize, is that the underlying problem of poor joint movement, core weakness, and poor muscle coordination, will set them up for a future back injury, which can be significantly worse. 

Back pain and sciatica are both completely treatable through physiotherapy. Our physiotherapists create a specific treatment plan for you that is dependent upon your diagnosis. The early stages of your physiotherapy treatment focuses on quick pain relief.

As your pain reduces, our physiotherapist will expand on strengthening your core muscle group with specific therapeutic exercises and stretches. The goal here is to increase your strength and range of motion to prevent re-injury of your spine. Finally, we teach you ergonomics and ways to make sure you know how to take care of your spine, avoiding future problems.

If you are suffering from sciatica, our physiotherapists will implement specific leg stretches into your treatment plan to loosen the sciatic nerve. This restores the natural health of the nerve and quickly reduces symptoms. 

If you are experiencing back pain or sciatica, request a consult with one of our specialists at SOS Physiotherapy. No matter how severe the pain may be, we will help you get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.