Most people develop low back pain at some point in their life. Though the underlying causes of low back pain vary, symptoms are often similar. At reNu Medical & Injury Center, the health care team specializes in the treatment of low back pain and sciatica. They take a comprehensive approach to care and develop treatment plans aimed at supporting your body’s natural healing powers to alleviate your pain. To schedule an appointment, contact the office in Newark, Delaware, by phone or online today.
Low Back Pain and Sciatica Q & A
What is low back pain and sciatica?
Your low back, also called the lumbar region, supports much of the weight of your upper body and is a common source of pain. For some, low back pain is an acute condition that resolves within a few days or a few weeks. For others, low back pain turns into a chronic pain condition that affects physical, emotional, and mental health.
Low back pain develops from many causes, including:
- Strains and sprains
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Spinal deformities
Sciatica is a painful symptom that develops from compression or pinching of the sciatic nerve, which exits from the lumbar spine and is a common cause of low back pain.
What are the symptoms of low back pain?
Though you can develop low back pain from many causes, the symptoms are often very similar. Common symptoms of low back pain include:
- Persistent aching or stiffness along your spine
- Sharp, localized pain
- A chronic ache that worsens after sitting or standing for long periods
- Radiating back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Inability to stand straight without pain
You should seek immediate medical care if your low back pain causes numbness, tingling, or weakness in your legs or loss of bowel or bladder control.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Sciatica symptoms often originate in the low back, which is why it’s grouped with conditions that cause low back pain. However, sciatica pain most often radiates from your low back into your buttocks and down one leg. Your sciatica pain may be dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, or feel like an electric shock.
A misconception is that sciatica is a disorder. However, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder, such as:
- Lumbar spine subluxations (spinal misalignments)
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Bone spurs
- Piriformis syndrome
The team at reNu Medical & Injury Center conducts comprehensive evaluations to determine the underlying cause of your sciatica symptoms to develop the most effective treatment plan.
What are low back pain and sciatica treatments?
Treatment for your low back pain or sciatica at reNu Medical & Injury Center focuses on healing the underlying cause of your pain. Treatment may include:
The Thompson drop is a chiropractic care technique that uses a special table that enhances the force placed on the misaligned spinal joint.
The Diversified Technique is a form of spinal manipulation that uses high-velocity, low amplitude force to restore alignment.
The team may also add ultrasound therapy, cold laser therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), rehabilitation, a lower back brace, or massage therapy to your treatment plan.
For comprehensive care for your low back pain or sciatica, call reNu Medical & Injury Center, or schedule an appointment online.