Sciatic nerve pain
Often times we get into poor habits that can be very detrimental to our bodies. Increase weight gain or sitting for long periods of time can cause low back pain. Repetitive and poor movements such as improper lifting or
twisting can cause a herniated disc. This causes inflammation & pain starting at the low back and radiating through the hips, buttocks, & down the back of one leg. Often times numbness or pins & needles can be associated in the affected leg as another symptom. This is also known as sciatica pain.
The spinal column is made up of bony segments and between each segment is a gelatinous disc This helps cushion the spine. Injuries or certain movements can move the disc and cause it to touch the nerves coming off the spinal cord. One of the major nerves of the lower body is the sciatica nerve. If this nerve is compressed or irritated in anyway, sciatica pain is developed.
Causes of Sciatica Pain
- Poor movement with twisting
- Improper lifting
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine)
- Overweight causing stress on the back
We can’t stop age related changes such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease. We can make better changes for ourselves and our bodies. Low back and sciatica pain can be reduced by learning back safety tips and proper lifting techniques in keeping the back straight while bending the knees to pick up objects. Core strengthening is very important in order to keep your body strong and well balanced. Stretching helps keep our muscles flexible and reduce any muscle imbalances. We have listed 4 easy to follow exercises to help with your sciatica pain.
How physical therapy can help
Physical Therapy is the best and most recommended treatment for sciatica pain. If you are experiencing lower back pain or discomfort, call Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health & Wellness Center today. Our physical therapy facility in Clark NJ can help you achieve the pain free life you are seeking.