Breckenridge PT: Back Pain or Sciatica


Are You Living with Painful Back Pain or Sciatica?

See Inside • Are You Living with Painful Back Pain or Sciatica? • Understanding Your Sciatica Pain • Patient Success Spotlight • Exercise Essentials




Are You Living with Painful Back Pain or Sciatica?

Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis. By certain estimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. The most common type of back pain experienced is in the lower back, and it can happen for any variety of reasons. Being in a car accident can cause you to experience lingering back pain for years after the accident. Accidents at work can lead to similar painful sensations. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can develop for any number of common reasons — things that you do every day without thinking twice. An old desk chair that doesn’t provide much lumbar support can take its toll over time, as can wearing shoes that don’t have much support, or even gaining weight, particularly around the stomach area. Too many people consider back pain a normal experience of their lives and don’t immediately seek support that could make the pain an issue of the past. Working with a physical therapist is one of the best ways to overcome back pain. A physical therapist can identify the cause of the back pain and present you with helpful strategies that can strengthen your back and reduce the severity of your pain. Physical therapy for back pain often includes a combination of targeted massage, flexibility, range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques.

These strategies are often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain, and they are even recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. UNDERSTANDING BACK PAIN Being educated about your back pain can help you make the right choices to overcome it as quickly as possible. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that it lingers, which can cause pain to become chronic. While there is back pain that develops as a result of strain or sprain, there is also something called low back degenerative disc disease, which happens when the discs in your spine weaken. This frequently develops as a result of repetitive back injury and can also develop as a result of age. With degenerative disc disease, the space between the discs begins to collapse and become unstable, causing back pain to develop. When you work with a physical therapist to overcome back pain as a result of degenerative disc disease, your physical therapist will begin by strengthening core muscle groups, which includes the abdominal wall, and will provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain.

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Understanding Your Sciatica Pain

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While some back pain is easy to identify, there are some conditions that may be a bit more complicated to understand. One of the most common back issues experienced in the United States is sciatica pain, and this sort of pain is often a lot more difficult to identify — especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem. So, how can you tell the difference between back pain and sciatica pain? Sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain that is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg.

Sciatica pain develops in the nerves that connect the lower back to the legs. So, while the pain itself is generated from the back, many times the experience of the pain is more largely associated with the upper legs. Sciatica pain also doesn’t always develop as you might think. Sciatica pain causes a buildup of tingling, numbness, and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t always consistent. The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times. FINDING RELIEF If you are experiencing back pain and you haven’t talked to a medical professional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can speed up your recovery period so you can get back to living your life comfortably.

• Pain that becomes worse when you are sitting.

• Leg pain that develops more as a burning, tingling, or searing sensation, and not as a plain ache.

• Sharp pain that occurs at certain times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk.

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• Pain that is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes.

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Patient Success Spotlight

“Everyone at Breckenridge PT is super nice and conc rned about my care and improvement. I HIGHLY recommend them. Justin did such a great job rehabbing my shoulder after major reconstruction that the surgeon said my range of motion was “astounding” and my strength was “excellent” at my 6-month follow-up. After such great results with my shoulder, I asked Justin if he could help with my back, which I broke 30 years ago, before physical therapy was a “n r al” part of recovery. After just two sessions, I had my first pain-free day in 16 months (it was an incredible feeling). As my range of motion increases and strength improves, my pain continues to decrease. If it had taken me a year to get to this point, I would have been happy. Instead, I’ve improved this much in less than 2 months--I’m ecstatic! Justin’s explanations are clear and easy to understand, his plan makes sense, and he’s adaptable to changing needs and conditions. In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve consistently done the stretching and exercises he advised. It’s definitely a joint effort, but the quality of life and ability to ski pain-free are SO worth it. I’m so grateful for his knowledge and help.” - E.C. Want results like this? Call Breckenridge Physical Therapy at 970.485.3421 to schedule your appointment today! “I’VE IMPROVED THIS MUCH IN LESS THAN 2 MONTHS--I’M ECSTATIC!”

I absolutely love this place! It’s a family owned business and they’re very attentive to clients needs. They have a great space which includes both physical therapy and personal training. I recently visited for physical therapy to get some help with my IT Band issues. Rashmi really helped me with my injury with acknowledging where my weaknesses were and giving exercises to strengthen and stretches to relieve tightness. Thanks to the Vert family and Rashmi I’m back to running again. I highly recommend this place. You will not be disappointed. - Nicole L

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Exercise Essentials For Sciatica Pain Relief

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