Approximately 80% of adults in the United States experience low back pain at some point, often due to physical activities, work, lifestyles, or stress. For all types of low back pain and sciatica, see the experts at Kinexis Healthcare in Estero, Florida. The integrated team combines the best conservative and traditional treatments to help you recover from back and sciatic pain and rebuild strength and function in your spine. Learn about their traditional and non-traditional approaches by scheduling a visit online or by phone today.

Low Back Pain Q & A

Why does my low back hurt?

Low back pain can come from one or more of the anatomical structures in your lower back, such as:

  • Vertebrae
  • Intervertebral discs
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles and tendons
  • Spinal nerves
  • Intervertebral joints

The most common causes of low back pain are soft tissue injuries and mechanical issues in the low back, meaning the joints don’t function or move properly. Sciatica is a result of compression or irritation to the sciatic nerve in your lower back, which may be caused by joint or soft tissue problems as well.

What are the signs of a low back injury or sciatica?

Low back injuries can develop an array of symptoms that range from mild to severe discomfort, including:

  • Pain when bending or twisting
  • Pain when you cough, sneeze, or have a bowel movement
  • Decreased range of motion and stiffness
  • Feeling like your back may “give out” or spasm
  • Pain or numbness radiating into your legs or feet
  • Weakness in your back or legs
  • Pain with changes in posture

Certain movements or positions can also cause pain, such as bending to tie your shoes, picking up an object from the floor, or leaning backward or side to side. These movements and activities indicate how well your back is functioning and may point to specific types of injuries when assessed with your symptoms.

What causes low back pain?

Conditions that cause low back pain include:

  • Intervertebral joint dysfunction
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Poor posture
  • Pregnancy
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Lumbar facet syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated discs

The majority of back pain cases resolve with conservative care, though some more severe issues — including fractures and severe degeneration — may require invasive treatments to repair the damage to the spine.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica, a condition related to inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve can be caused by anything that compresses the sciatic nerve in your lower back. Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve may be caused by:

  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis

These conditions can cause mild to severe sciatica symptoms, including sharp, shooting pain down your legs, numbness and tingling in your buttocks or thighs, or buttock pain.

How are low back pain and sciatica diagnosed?

The Kinexis Healthcare team completes extensive evaluations and physical exams, including orthopedic testing, for all cases of low back pain. If imaging is needed, including X-rays or an MRI, they provide referrals to imaging centers in the area. Based on their findings, they explain your diagnosis and outline a plan to help you recover as quickly as possible.

How are low back pain and sciatica treated?

Treatment for your low back pain or sciatica depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your pain, and the overall function of your back. Kinexis Healthcare offers the following types of treatment for low back pain and sciatica:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Physiotherapy, including electrical nerve stimulation
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Athletic taping and bracing
  • Soft tissue therapy, including massage
  • Rehab exercises and stretches

For sciatica, treatment may also involve specialized exercises and stretching protocols to address the underlying cause of your pain, whether it’s related to a soft tissue injury or disc herniation. Additionally, the team offers specialized care for pregnant women to alleviate low back pain associated with pregnancy.

To schedule an exam for your low back pain, call Kinexis Healthcare or book online now.

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