Back Pain and Sciatica

Barrington Physical Therapy | Back Pain and Sciatica

“I was having back pain that was keeping me from exercise like yoga practice, snowshoeing and at times walking. Dave was very patient, kind and educated me about what was going on for my back and how to help it heal. Manual therapy, home exercises and stretches had me feeling better after the first couple of sessions. Treatment took a while, but soon enough I returned to my regular yoga practice, treadmill workout and snowshoeing! Thank you Dave, I am very grateful!” - Carol Y.

Do you have back and leg pain?

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Barrington Physical Therapy | Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop


How common is back pain and sciatica?

Studies revealed that up to 80% of people will experience back pain during their lifetime. Many times, with a little rest and gentle activity, the symptoms will get better and you will be back to your old self. However, these mild onsets may be a sign of something that is looming under the surface. Back pain and sciatica results in months if not years of improper use of our backs, degeneration over time, and is often not a result of just one incident, although that does happen.

What is sciatica and why does my leg hurt?

Sciatica occurs when the nerves from the low back are compressed or pinched. This may lead to a number of symptoms such as pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling down the leg and into the foot and toes. The greater the irritation to the nerve, the greater the spread of the sciatica. For example, a mild pinch may lead to pain in the low back and into the buttocks, while more squeeze on the nerve causes pain to the back, numbness, heaviness, or tingling down the leg and into the foot and toes.

The three main causes of lumbar pain and sciatica include herniated disc, lumbar stenosis, and SI joint dysfunction. It is important to find the cause of your sciatica as the treatments vary and are often not compatible with one another as you will see.

  1. Herniated Disc: When the gel-like substance of your disc leaks out and puts pressure on a spinal nerve. People with herniated discs can experience pain in the back, buttocks and down the leg.
  2. Lumbar Stenosis: (aka, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease) develops as part of a long-term degenerative process. People can experience pain, weakness, and possibly numbness and tingle down the leg (sciatica).
  3. SI Joint Dysfunction: Often overlooked when diagnosing lumbar pain and sciatica, the SI joint is comprised of the joint between the sacrum and the ilium; People with SI joint problems experience pain to the low back, SI joint area, the buttocks, and the supporting hip musculature.

As you can see, unless you find out the cause of your pain, you will not be able to effectively treat the injury.

What does success treatment for back pain & sciatica look like at Barrington PT?

The driver of the successful plan of care begins with proper diagnosis of the injury. At Barrington Physical Therapy we provide hands-on care using a variety of hands-on techniques to help the lumbar spine feel better, move better, and get you back to your activities that you have been missing.


If you have questions or would like to schedule your physical therapy appointment call or text us at (603) 617-4420.

We are happy to help in your recovery.