Sciatica & Back Pain Relief Houston, TX

Sciatica & Back Pain Relief

Patricia W.

The muscle spasm in my back was excruciating and cause me to leave work for several days with limited activities at home. My neck stiffness was also a major issue and affected my sleep. I always had a throbbing headache. Trinity made me feel very optimistic about my treatment program and the ability to not just improve my conditions, but prevent its recurrence! After about 4 treatments, including dry needling, my neck actually began to improve and my sleet returned to a more normal length. I haven't had any muscle spasms in my back since. I am a true believer now.

Mike B.

I had a herniated disk pressing on my spinal cord and my pain was extreme and interfered with my work. Before my therapy, it hurt to do anything other than standing still or sitting down. The treatment gradually decreased the pain to be nearly non-existent and also allowed me to function normally in my job. I feel great! Now, I can do normal activities with little or no pain. The staff was professional, friendly, and obviously qualified. I am able to perform better and feel much better after working with the staff.

Mark S.

I had debilitating low back pain aggravated by long periods of driving and I had difficulty doing some exercises I enjoyed. After only one week, my back and hip were much better. My shoulder and elbow have steadily improved as well. I feel great and I sleep much better. Trinity is the best PT clinic I've ever been in. Eric Santiago and his staff are outstanding and have helped me tremendously.

Kathy L.

I had constant low back pain due to a pinched nerve and cyst on my sacrum. I tried chiropractic and steroid injections before hearing about Trinity. My treatments went very well and I was able to stop taking prescribed pain medications. I feel so much better now and I am able to do all the activities of daily living, exercise, and standing without the nagging pain. Trinity Physical Therapy is a wonderful physical therapy service! A first-class facility!

Living with Back Pain? You’re Not Alone

Physical Therapy Can Help You Find Relief for Back Pain and Sciatica

If you wake up in the morning with back pain or notice nagging aches in your back, buttock, or thighs, physical therapy in Houston can help you find relief.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, back pain is the most commonly reported pain across the nation, and one out of every four Americans has experienced back pain in the past three months.

While back pain and sciatica are similar, they still have their differences and are often confused with one another. Back pain is found specifically in the upper, middle or lower back. Sciatica is a more diffuse, radiating pain down the buttock, thigh, and even leg. It is also possible to have radiculopathy, which is a radiating numbness, tingling, burning, or sharp pain to a specific part of the leg. This is often associated with a herniated disc, or entrapment of the nerve in that area, as it exits the spine.

At Trinity Physical Therapy, our Houston physical therapist will get to the root of the problem and provide long-lasting relief. In many cases, our treatments are even able to eliminate the need for harmful painkilling drugs, such as opioids, or an invasive surgical procedure. If you are suffering from back pain or sciatica, don’t rely on medicines to help you mask the pain.

PT treatment for back pain and sciatica

While back pain may come and go, it is always important to treat it right away. If not, it can lead to poor joint movement, core weakness, and poor muscle coordination, which can all lead to unwanted injuries in the future.

Back pain and sciatica are both completely treatable through physical therapy. Our Houston physical therapist will create a specific treatment plan for you based upon your diagnosis.

The early stages of your physical therapy treatment will focus on quick pain relief. Afterward, our physical therapist will expand your treatment to include strengthening your core muscle group with specific therapeutic exercises and stretches. This helps improve your strength and range of motion to prevent re-injury of your spine. Our physical therapist will also provide you with ergonomic techniques for taking care of your spine during daily activities, such as sitting at a desk or driving.

For the treatment of sciatica, our physical therapists will implement specific leg stretches into your treatment plan to loosen the sciatic nerve. This restores the natural health of the nerve and quickly reduces symptoms.

What caused my back pain and sciatica?

General back pain typically develops as the result of an injury. This can be due to repetitive straining motions, such as leaning down multiple times throughout the day to pick up a toddler, or a more serious, sudden trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident.

Underlying conditions, such as herniated discs, can also cause immense pain, and cause radiculopathy pain to the thigh, leg, or foot. Degenerative disc disease is a common condition as we age, which can result in back pain. Those with this condition typically report dull, aching pains in their lower back, and have difficulty with prolonged standing or walking.

Sciatica’s technical name is “lumbar radiculopathy.” People who develop this condition are generally between the ages of 30 and 50. Many different types of injuries can cause the development of sciatica, including arthritis, bone spurs, or any other injury that impacts the sciatic nerve.

Most commonly, we find that people lose their flexibility in the hips and pelvis, which causes the gluteus and hip muscles to become tightened. In turn, this alters the mechanics of the spine, and compresses the sciatic nerve as it travels through these tissues.

Back pain and sciatica – defined

Sciatica

Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is reported as being highly uncomfortable. However, it is also fortunately very simple to diagnose. People with sciatica experience pain along the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body.

The sciatic nerve begins at your lower back and then splits at the base of your spine to extend further down to your buttocks, legs, and finally ends at the bottom of each foot. The sciatic nerve can become compressed or irritated, which causes a “shooting,” “stinging,” or “burning” sensation in your lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet.

Back pain

“Back pain” is a term that can be caused by an array of different conditions. For example, you may experience back pain due to poor posture, a motor vehicle accident, or a lifting injury. The treatment plan that our Houston physical therapist sets up for you, will depend on how you developed the back pain, in addition to its exact location and your past medical history.

Back pain can be described as acute, meaning it is short-term, or chronic, meaning it is long-term (typically lasting for three months or longer).

Find relief for your back pain and/or sciatica today

If you are experiencing the symptoms of back pain or sciatica, find relief with Trinity Physical Therapy today. Request your consultation at Houston, TX to get started on the first steps toward recovery and living a comfortable life.