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Back Pain and Sciatica



As the American Physical Therapy Association reported, back pain is widespread in the United States, affecting one in every four Americans in the last three months alone.

If you wake up with back pain or have been experiencing discomfort in your back, buttocks, or thighs, you may be dealing with sciatica. While back pain and sciatica share similarities, they are also different in their manifestations. Back pain typically concentrates in the upper, middle, or lower back, whereas sciatica can cause pain to radiate down the back, buttock, thigh, and even the legs.

Instead of relying on medications to mask the pain, discover a better solution with the help of our Telford physical therapy services. At Gear Up Physical Therapy and Wellness, our experienced physical therapists will diligently identify the root cause of your pain and work towards providing you with long-term relief. Our treatments have been successful in many cases, potentially eliminating the need for harmful painkillers like opioids or invasive surgical procedures.

Schedule an appointment today to take the first step towards effective and lasting relief. Don’t let back pain or sciatica control your life any longer!

Back Pain Vs. Sciatica

Back Pain:

The term “back pain” encompasses various conditions with unique causes. It can result from poor posture, motor vehicle accidents, or improper lifting of heavy objects. Back pain can be classified as either acute, which is short-term, or chronic, lasting for three months or more.

Our Telford physical therapy center’s treatment plan for your back pain will be tailored based on its underlying cause, precise location, and medical history.


Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is relatively easy to diagnose but can be highly uncomfortable for those affected. This condition involves the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which happens to be the largest nerve in the human body.

The sciatic nerve originates in the lower back and branches out from the base of the spine, extending through the buttocks, down the legs, and ending at the feet. When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, it can lead to a shooting, stinging, or burning sensation in the lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet.

What's Causing My Sciatica And Back Pain?

Sciatica, medically called “lumbar radiculopathy,” commonly affects individuals aged 30 to 50. It often arises due to decreased flexibility in the hips and pelvis, leading to tightness in the hip and gluteal muscles. Consequently, these altered spinal mechanics can result in compression of the sciatic nerve as it traverses through these affected tissues.

Several injuries and conditions can be responsible for causing sciatica, including arthritis, bone spurs, or any other injury to the sciatic nerve.

In the case of general back pain, injuries are frequently the culprit. These injuries can stem from repetitive strains, like repeatedly bending down to pick up a toddler, or more abrupt and severe traumas, such as car accidents.

Severe back pain accompanied by radiculopathy in the thigh, leg, or foot can also be caused by herniated discs and other underlying conditions.

As we age, degenerative disc disease becomes a common contributor to back pain. Those affected may experience persistent, dull, aching pain in the lower back and have difficulties standing or walking for prolonged periods.

The causes of this type of pain can be diverse, and the best way to ascertain the exact reason is to consult a physical therapist. They can help diagnose the underlying issue and develop an appropriate treatment plan to alleviate pain and improve overall well-being.

How Can Physical Therapy Help Me Feel Better?

Whether you are struggling with back pain or sciatica, finding relief is possible with the help of physical therapy. Our dedicated physical therapists will assess your condition and design a personalized treatment plan to address your needs.

For sciatica, targeted exercises will be recommended to alleviate the tension in the sciatic nerve, promoting its natural healing process and reducing symptoms.

Addressing back pain promptly is crucial to prevent further complications. The initial stages of your physical therapy will focus on providing immediate pain relief. Subsequently, the treatment will progress to include therapeutic exercises and stretches to strengthen your core muscles and enhance your range of motion, reducing the risk of future spine-related injuries.

Your physical therapist will also educate you on ergonomic techniques, guiding you on protecting your spine while performing daily tasks like sitting at a desk or driving. These practices will help prevent strain on your back and promote better spinal health in the long run. With the expertise and support of our physical therapy services, you can find the relief you seek and improve your overall quality of life.

At Gear Up Physical Therapy and Wellness, we’ve created a 3 step process to get rid of your pain AND make sure it doesn’t come back again.

Step #1 - We Want To Listen To Your Story

Our medical system is frustrating. You wait weeks, sometimes months, for an appointment, only to get to talk to the doctors for 10 minutes before they have to run to the next patient and you’re left sitting there wondering, “What just happened?”

Even most physical therapy clinics operate this way. They’re not attentive, they’re fast-paced, and the therapist lacks the time to address the exact location of your pain.

This is why our first step is to listen to your story.

After working with lots of people with Low Back Pain we know that no two people are alike. Each person has a different body, a different history, and different types of pain. 

That is why our first step is to have an open conversation and time for you to tell your story. That way we get a deep understanding of what’s going on not just with your body, but also how it’s impacting your life. 

Step #2 - Find Out WHY The Low Back Pain/SCIATICA Started

Many people have a diagnosis, or medical term for what’s going on with their body. Maybe their doctor gave it to them, maybe tests showed the diagnosis, or maybe they found it online.

You could have been told that your only choice was to rest, take painkillers, or start thinking about surgery.

Sometimes, those things bring temporary relief, but they’re not addressing what CAUSED the problem in the first place.

Every person’s cause of pain is different. No one has the exact same problem caused by the exact same thing as another person.

Our goal at Gear Up Physical Therapy and Wellness is to find that original cause of your pain, so not only does your pain go away, it STAYS AWAY! 

During the Low Back Pain Assessment, you’ll find out what’s wrong, how long it’s going to take to fix it, and give you peace of mind that your problem can be fixed naturally!

Step #3 - Get Rid Of The Pain & Keep It From Coming Back

This is when the big transformation occurs. We develop a personalized plan that allows you to…

…Get back to your daily activities without fear of the pain coming back.
…Be able to get back to your favorite workouts, sports, activities
…Get back to feeling how you were pre-injury 

Our best clients are those who are motivated and ready to win back their active lifestyle. (Even if they feel stuck right now!)

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