Vert PT. Is It Back Pain Or Sciatica?

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Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis, yet for so many people, this is a total reality. 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 consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can also 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, hands down, the best thing that you can do when you are looking 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 and range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques. Using these strategies in combination with anti-inflammatory medication, as recommended by your physician, is often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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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. This leads many people to deal with back pain for years on end without seemingly any end in sight. While there isbackpain thatdevelopsasaresultofstrainorsprain, there isalso somethingcalled lowbackdegenerativediscdisease,whichhappenswhen the discs inyourspineweaken.This frequentlydevelopsasaresultofrepetitiveback injuryandcanalsodevelopasaresultofage.Withdegenerativediscdisease, the spacebetween thediscsbegins tocollapseandbecomeunstableandwillcause backpain todevelop.Whenyouworkwithaphysical therapist toovercomeback painasaresultofdegenerativediscdisease,yourphysical therapistwillbeginby strengtheningcoremusclegroups,which includes theabdominalwall,andwill provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain. Whilesomebackpain iseasyto identifyaspain,suchas isthecasewithdegenerative disc disease, there are other situations in which the pain may be a bit more complicated tounderstand.Oneof themostcommonback issuesexperienced 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. Howcanyou tell thedifferencebetweenbackpainandsciaticapain?Theanswer is that sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg

• The pain becomes worse when you are sitting • The leg pain develops more as a burning, tingling or searing sensation, and not as a plain ache • There is a sharp pain that occurs at times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk • The pain is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes Sciaticapaindevelops in thenerves thatconnect the lowerback to the legs,and so while the pain itself is generated from the back, a lot of time, the experience of thepain ismore largelyassociatedwith theupper legs.What’smore,sciatica paindoesn’talwaysdevelop likepain in the traditionalsense.Sciaticapain instead causes a buildup of tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t consistent either. The sensation will typically run through the leg inwaves,causingdiscomfortatseeminglyunpredictable times. Ifyouareexperiencingbackpainandyouhaven’t talked toamedicalprofessional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can cut your time struggling with back pain literally in half. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us. For more information about how Vert Physical Therapy can help you, call one of our locations or visit vertcenters.com.

https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/what-you-need-know-about-sciatica

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MichaelThach, MPT,OCS isaPhysicalTherapistandaboard-certifiedOrthopedic Specialist.From thebeginningofhisstudies inPhysicalTherapy,hehas focused on orthopedics and sports rehabilitation. He has gained extensive experience working witha wide varietyof orthopedic and post-surgicalconditions.He has a passion for helping people recover from injury and returning to what they want and need to do. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, cycling, skiing, and snowboarding. PatrickEdgecomb ,DPT,OCS, is thenewestaddition toour team.Patrickreceived hisDoctorsofPhysicalTherapy fromQuinnipiacUniversity,Hehassinceaccrued over 8 years of professional experience in physical therapy, treating patients with conditions ranging from sports injuries to athletic training and fitness to rehabilitation.PatrickbecameVert’sPhysicalTherapistandOrthopedicCertified Specialist since May, working diligently to help patients achieve their health and fitness goals while helping injured patients safely and quickly return to full function.

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PRONE ON ELBOWS While lying face down on your stomach, slowly raise your upper body up and prop yourself onto your elbows. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

SWAN DIVE Lay on stomach with your arms overhead. Press your chest upwards, keeping the muscles in your trunk and legs relaxed. Repeat 6 times.

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