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    1635 Asheville Hwy.
    Hendersonville, NC 28791

Sciatica and Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain affects up to three in four Americans at some point in their lifetime. Whether it is acute or chronic pain the low back sees its share of injuries. The most common injuries/syndromes include disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and osteoarthritis. Most back injuries are acute, meaning they last just a few days and are quick to treat, but others can be more complicated like Sciatica causing referred pain down your leg. Physical therapy can effectively treat both acute and chronic back pain.

Common Low Back Problems

  • Low Back tightness/pain 
  • Sciatica 
  • Degenerative Disc Disease 
  • Herniated Disc 
  • Stenosis 
  • SI or Sacro-iliac Dysfunction

At Pisgah Physical Therapy, your Physical Therapist may begin treatment with procedures to reduce muscle spasm and up regulated reflex patterns such as Myofascial Release and/or Primal Reflex Release Techniques. He/she will then use some form of Unweighted Traction such as the Pneumex Vibro Trac, Pneumex TM Unweighting, or Pneumex Posture Chair for relief of compressive forces on the spine and nerves.

Your Physical Therapist will also prescribe exercises that focus on developing the strength of the torso or CORE without putting stress on the spine. The deep muscles of the trunk must stabilize the spine in both sustained postures (standing and sitting) and dynamic movements (squatting, getting in/out of car, playing sports, doing household chores).

Neuromuscular control, the interaction between nerves and muscles, plays an important role in coordinating the activity of the deep trunk muscles. We focus not only on strengthening your trunk muscles but also on retraining the neuromuscular system to improve muscle coordination and motor patterns. This retraining is used to correct any muscle imbalances caused by injury, surgery or poor posture.

At Pisgah Physical Therapy, our physical therapists and support staff can help you recover faster from spinal pain, injury or surgery. We spend one-on-one time with our clients ensuring that they are not only doing their exercises, but doing them correctly.

Solution? bodies are meant to move. Healthy joints and muscles need to go through their complete range of motion to prevent the stiffness and soreness that we often experience when being inactive. Sitting with muscles active or “working” is the ideal. Most of us, however, slouch and slump into the shape of the chair and our muscles are not activated. The abdominal muscles are the body’s natural support for the back. Tightening and relaxing the abdominals while you are sitting and standing is a good start to relieving that back pain.

Eight hours of non-stop desk work can produce tension. Give your body a break regularly. Get up and move hourly. Roll and shrug your shoulders. Stretch your arms toward the sky. Take a short walk on your lunch break.

If you have pain or limitation in your back, we can help! Call Pisgah Physcial Therapy to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists.