Sciatica & Back Pain Relief Laguna Hills, CA

Sciatica & Back Pain Relief

Jeanne F.

This is the fourth surgery I have gone to H2 Orthopedics after for my physical therapy. They know exactly what exercises to have you do at the office as well as on your own at home to get you back to your normal full activity level as soon as possible. They have helped me with back surgery, knee surgery, ankle surgery, broken leg, and now total bilateral knee replacement surgery. I would not go to anyone else. I recommend them 110%!!

Wendy R.

The moment I walked in I felt the fantastic vibes. I had multiple problems including sciatica pain, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, and a newly implanted knee joint. I could barely walk in. To my amazement, they knew exactly how to treat my ailments in a timely and safe manner. I found that within a few weeks, I was painless and amazed at my new physical abilities.

PJ

H2Orthopedics are the only reason I can walk and able to go back to work. With all of my multiple ortho surgeries, it is difficult to try and rehab the regular way. Nine knee surgeries, back surgery and assorted hand, arm, jaw surgeries has left me arthritic and lots of metal. I was blown away at how much I improved with the 93degree pool. I am back to work and able to enjoy life again. I can't thank them enough! If you hurt..Check H2Orthpedics out.. You will not be disappointed!!

Paul S.

Over the past ten year I have always received the expert care that enabled me to resume regular activities. I have watched H2Orthopedic grow through the years but the same spirit of kindness, good humor, and personal attention continues.

Kathy G.

In mid-March and April, I had to cancel my in-office appointments due to the Covid19 Virus. To my surprise, they offered Telehealth online zoom visits and I was able to continue with my therapy. Larry, my Therapist through Telehealth calls was great and thorough with all my visits. He helped me to strengthen my back through a variety of core exercises. I highly recommend H2 Orthopedic Aquatic Therapy for anyone needing Physical Therapy!

T. Wolford

“When I fell last year, I thought that would be the end of my jogging days. Then I met the wonderful staff at H2Orthopedic and they created a plan that has me back enjoying life. I just signed up for a 5K in April!”

Relieve the Pains in Your Back with Physical Therapy

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.

Back pain and sciatica differ but are often confused with each other. Back is specific to the upper, mid or low 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 of that area, as it exits the spine.

Do you wake up in the morning with that nagging back pain? Are you feeling achy pain in your back, buttock, or even thigh? Are you having to watch what you do, because you are afraid you may hurt your back? If so, physical therapy can help.

If you are searching for back pain relief or sciatica relief, don’t rely on medicines to mask the symptoms. Your body is telling you of the deeper root cause of the problem, that needs to be fixed. Know that physical therapy should be your first treatment of choice, which eliminates your need for harmful painkilling drugs, such as opioids, or possibly avoid an invasive surgical procedure.

How will physical therapy help with my back pain or sciatica?

For most people, back pain will come and go. However, what many people don’t realize, is that the underlying problem of poor joint movement, core weakness, and poor muscle coordination, will set them up for a future back injury, which can be significantly worse.

Back pain and sciatica are both completely treatable through physical therapy. Your physical therapist creates a specific treatment plan for you that is dependent upon your diagnosis. The early stages of your physical therapy treatment focus on quick pain relief.

As your pain reduces, your physical therapist will expand on strengthening your core muscle group with specific therapeutic exercises and stretches. The goal here is to increase your strength and range of motion to prevent re-injury of your spine. Finally, we teach you ergonomics and ways to make sure you know how to take care of your spine, avoiding future problems.

If you are suffering from 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.

How can I tell if it’s back pain or sciatica?

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 their 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 to 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 your Laguna Hills, CA 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).

What caused my back pain or 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. This in turn, alters the mechanics of the spine, and compression to the sciatic nerve as it travels through these tissues.

Contact us for relief

If you are experiencing back pain or sciatica, make an appointment with one of our specialists at H2Orthopedic Aquatic and Physical Therapy. No matter how severe the pain may be, we will help you get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.