Back pain and sciatica treatment Questions and Answers
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Back pain is one of the most common complaints among older adults, which is due to many reasons. The back and spinal structure can be subjected to wear and tear, so over time, the connective tissues and intervertebral cushions can deteriorate, leading to pain and discomfort. Sciatica is another common complaint and refers to pain in the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back and down each leg into the feet. Sciatica pain is often described as a tingling sensation, numbness or pain in the lower back or legs.
What is the difference between back pain and sciatica?
Back pain refers to symptoms that exist in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spinal regions. This can affect many areas and may be centered over the spine, located off-center (unilaterally or bilaterally), or wrap around the back. Pain might be localized in specific regions, it can radiate from one area to another, or it might be general, encompassing the entire spinal region.
On the other hand, sciatica describes a symptom set that includes numbness, tingling, weakness and pain in the buttocks, legs and/or feet. Sciatica symptoms can exist wherever the sciatic nerve travels, from the hip, through the buttocks, and down to the feet. In most cases, sciatica symptoms affect only one side; however, it is possible for it to affect both sides.
What causes sciatica to flare up?
There are several causes of sciatica flare ups, and each person will experience them differently. Common triggers include:
- High levels of stress
- Poor posture
- Wearing tight-fitting clothing
- Sitting for long periods, especially with hard objects in the back pocket, such as a wallet or keys
- Wearing high heels that are not cushioned
- Excessive weight
- Bending over when lifting heavy objects
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Depression and negative emotions
What are the symptoms of sciatica back pain?
The symptoms of sciatica back pain include:
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the rear or leg
- Hip pain
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving legs/feet
- Constant pain on one side of buttocks
- Shooting pain that causes difficulties standing
While there are more sciatica symptoms, these are by far the most common.
Can sciatica be cured without surgery?
In mild to moderate cases, sciatica can be cured without interventional treatments like surgery. One of the leading professions for treating sciatica are physical therapists. These professionals can help determine whether sciatica can be relieved through conservative methods such as cold therapy, static stretching and chiropractic adjustments. In most cases, patients respond well to these simple techniques and are pain-free within a matter of weeks. While also improving blood circulation and muscle relaxation, chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy may help improve spinal alignment and address other underlying conditions. Minor pain can also be treated with the alternating application of heat and cold, typically for 15 minutes at a time.
While some physicians may recommend surgery as a treatment for sciatica after noninvasive measures have failed to provide relief, it is not always the right choice in every situation. In fact, nearly half of people with sciatica report their symptoms improving within a month and a half of their diagnosis. Nonsurgical treatments may include a longer recovery period, however, surgery comes with its own risks, including blood clots and infection. REPAIR Sports Institute specializes in treating back pain and sciatica and can help you find the best treatment in your unique situation. Call us today to book an appointment for back pain or sciatica treatment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 7146 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. We serve patients from Huntington Beach CA, Seal Beach CA, Newport Beach CA, Costa Mesa CA, Westminster CA, Garden Grove CA, Fountain Valley CA, Long Beach CA, Irvine CA, Santa Ana CA, and Anaheim CA. We look forward to serving you!