Sciatica and Back Pain Relief
Why do I have back pain?
he number one condition treated at Adams Physical Therapy Services is Back Pain and Sciatica. The reason is because this issue is just so very common. 8 out of 10 people will suffer at least one episode of back pain and sciatica at least one time during their lifetime. At least 75% of these people who have suffered the first episode of back pain will go on to suffer a 2nd episode.
At Adams Physical Therapy Services, we believe a thorough evaluation is an important part of the treatment process. There are many factors that can result in back pain and a failure in a thorough evaluation may result in a failure of treatment success. Whether you experienced a strain, fall or your pain has just appeared for no apparent reason, our physical therapy staff will get to the root cause of the problem.
At Adams Physical Therapy Services, our physical therapist use a combination of hands-on-treatment, core stability, strengthening, stretching and ergonomics to help you get back on your feet and back to the life you love.
Ready to eradicate your pain?
Our patients are often referred to us by their primary physicians or by a specialist, and we’ll continue to work with your medical team to treat the specific cause of your pain. To get started on your back pain and sciatica relief treatment plan, contact us at Portland & Winchester, IN Centers and speak with one of our Patient Services Managers about how our physical therapist can help you.
The pain you experience in your back may either be acute or chronic, depending on how it was sustained. Acute pain means that it lasts for a short time and is usually severe. Chronic pain means that it lasts generally three months or longer and it can either cause dull or severe persistent pain. The pain you experience is typically either rooted in your back muscles or the bones in your spine. If your pain is severe enough to hinder you from doing daily tasks, if it suddenly worsens, or if it has lasted longer than three months, then it is time to seek the help of a physical therapist.
You can treat your back pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthening the muscles in the affected areas, and using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain, and may even help you avoid more invasive procedures, such as surgery.
Your physical therapist will design a treatment plan based on your specific needs. Your individualized treatment plan will incorporate the best methods possible for relieving your pain, facilitating the healing process, and restoring function and movement to the affected area(s) of your back. Your initial appointment will consist of a comprehensive evaluation, which will help your physical therapist discover which forms of treatment will be best for the orthopedic, neurologic, or cardiovascular condition you are experiencing. The main stages of your plan will focus on pain relief, which may include any combination of ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, posture improvement, targeted stretches and exercises, or any other treatment that your physical therapist may deem fit. While there is no singular method for relieving back pain, your physical therapist will make sure you receive the best treatments for your needs.
While medication is easy, it only helps your pain subside for a short amount of time. Over time, certain drugs can cause some unfavorable side effects, and in some cases, they can be habit-forming. With NSAIDs, you run the risk of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. With corticosteroids, you run the risk of cataracts, high blood sugar levels, and bone loss. Luckily, there is a much safer and healthier alternative to treating persistent back pain: physical therapy. At your initial consultation, your physical therapist will ask you several questions regarding your medical history, lifestyle, and painful area(s). This information will assist your physical therapist in creating the best treatment plan for you and your specific needs, so you can be provided with long-term results.