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

Back Pain & Sciatica

Back pain and sciatica pain are closely related medical conditions. Many times, sciatica pain is the result of a back problem. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body and consists of nerve roots in the lower back and runs through the buttock and down the back of each leg. Portions of this nerve branch out to the thigh, calf, foot and toes. Sciatica nerve pain is often characterized by the following symptoms.

  • Low back pain that radiates down the leg
  • Leg pain with burning and tingling
  • Numbness in the leg or feet
  • Continual pain on one side of the buttock
  • Sharp pain
  • Trouble sitting and getting up

It’s important to note that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in itself. It is actually a symptom of an underlying problem. And the root cause must be identified for effective treatment. Common lower back problems that can cause sciatica include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar herniated disc and spondylolisthesis.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc degeneration is a natural process that often occurs as we age. But, for some people it can occur young. One or more degenerated discs in the spine or lower back can irritate a nerve root and cause sciatica. This disease is diagnosed when a weakened disc is exposed. Bone spurs may also develop with disc degeneration and cause sciatica.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is caused by a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal. It’s also common in the aging process and typically affects those over 50. It can be a result of a bulging disc, enlarged facet joints, arthritis or an overgrowth of soft tissue. Whatever the cause, it can result in back pain and sciatica pain.

Lumbar Herniated Disc

This condition occurs when the soft gel material of the disc leaks out and passes through the outer core. It can irritate the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc. It’s also known as bulging disc, slipped disc, ruptured disc or protruding disc.

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebrae slips forward on another. This can cause narrowing of the canal between the two vertebrae where the nerve root exits.

Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis occurs when there is a small stress fracture in the part of the vertebrae (pars interarticularis) that helps hold its position on the vertebrae below. This may be a cause of pain itself but it may also allow the slippage forward of the one vertebrae on another (spondylolisthesis).

Spondylosis

Spondylosis is a general term that refers to degenerative changes occurring in the spine. It may be related to disc deterioration, vertebral breakdown or movement, or bony growths due to aging and osteoarthritis.

Treatment for Back Pain, Sciatica Pain and Low Back Pain

Physiotherapy for these conditions is effective and usually has two components: passive and active. Passive physiotherapy modalities consist of ultrasound, TENS units, heat and ice packs and iontophoresis. Active physiotherapy modalities include stretching exercises, back exercises and low-impact aerobic conditioning. Physiotherapists typically recommend 20 minutes of dynamic lumbar stabilization exercises per day. Core muscle strengthening is also important in the treatment of back pain. Low-impact aerobics are also important and include water therapy, biking and walking.

Physiotherapy is an important component of treating medical issues of the back. When you meet with a physiotherapist, there will be a full assessment. Tests will be done and an individualized treatment plan will be developed based on your goals. Your physiotherapist is your coach who will help you eliminate pain, perform daily tasks and improve overall general health.

If you’re suffering from back pain, sciatica pain or low back pain, don’t wait any longer for relief. You don’t have to suffer. Be sure to give our office a call to set up a one-on-one consultation and full evaluation. Our physiotherapists are certified, experienced and committed to helping you feel better. They’ve helped many others recover from back issues and can help you too.

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  • BELMONT CLINIC

    Belmont Centre for Physical Medicine
    564 Belmont Avenue West, Suite 301
    Kitchener, Ontario N2M 5N6

    Phone : (519) 743-4355 Fax : (519) 743-6787 belmont@sosphysiotherapy.ca

  • ELMIRA CLINIC

    Behind Wellness Centre ( Clock Tower )
    3 Wyatt Street East, Suite 2
    Elmira, Ontario N3B 2H4

    Phone : (519) 669-1212 Fax : (519) 669-0800 elmira@sosphysiotherapy.ca

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    University of Waterloo Student Life Centre
    200 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

    Phone : (519) 884-0767 Fax : (519) 884-9161 campus@sosphysiotherapy.ca