Sciatica & Lower Back Pain Relief Holland, MI

Sciatica & Lower Back Pain Relief

Scott C.

I have significantly less neck and back pain when I sleep. Luke is a good listener, patient, he explains things...

intense pain in right hip and lower back

I had a lot of lower back pain and numbness in my leg and was having difficulty walking. The pain...

sharp pain in lower back when I first came for physical therapy..

I had a sharp pain in lower back when I first came for physical therapy. Now,  I am doing 95%...

my lower back hurt from my elevated..

My lower back hurt from my elevated hip that also affected my leg. After Full Potential,  I no longer have lower...

painful shoulder and no strength...

I had a painful shoulder and no strength. Now, I am much better and able to reduce pain with exercises....

Unable to sit for any period of time,..

I was unable to sit for any period of time and was extremely tight in legs and back. When I...

my back/neck were in serious pain after a car accident

My back/neck were in serious pain after a car accident. Now, after learning new stretches and techniques I am now...

I had trouble reaching below my knees while bending,

I had trouble reaching below my knees while bending,  severe pain in my right hip/pelvis. I was not able to lift/swing...

unable to lift much at all, bending was awful

I was unable to lift much at all, bending was awful, pain even while standing. Now, I haveincreased strengthening and...

hard walking upstairs without pain..

I had a hard time walking upstairs without pain when putting weight on left leg-also painful rising from seated position. Now, I feel...

significant pain with movement and at rest..

I had significant pain with movement and at rest, sleep interrupted. Now, no pain. occasional tenderness usually related to sitting position....

limited mobility, lower back, left hip to toe had sharp pain...

I had limited mobility. My lower back, left hip to toe had sharp pain as I increased walking, standing after...

had herniated disk, arthritis, narrowing of the spine.

I had herniated disk, arthritis, and narrowing of the spine.  Had back surgery-fusion-couldn’t do much.  Now, I started back to work...

I had strong lower back pain which made me unable to sleep

I had strong lower back pain which made me unable to sleep, sit, stand for long periods of time. My...

pain in lower back that limited movement

I had pain in lower back that limited movement and extended to legs at times. Full Potential has helped me correct...

A lot of back, neck and leg pain.

I was having a lot of back, neck and leg pain. Difficultly sleeping.  Now, I can move and sleep a...

back pain with sitting, standing...

I had back pain with sitting, standing, and driving. Now, I have very little or no back pain and if...

I had a lot of upper and lower back pain...

I had a lot of upper and lower back pain after pregnancy as well as postpartum anxiety. After physical therapy...

I was expecting to relieve my pain...

I was expecting to relieve my pain by going to Full Potential. Not only did I achieve this goal with...

Tried chiropractic treatment which helped...

I tried chiropractic treatment which helped to a point, but had to take pain medication to complete my work day....

Living with Back Pain or Sciatica? We’ve Got Your Back

Lower Back Pain Relief

Studies show at least 80% of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their life. The question that arises with this statistic is how many of these 80% will return to normal function with the same level of confidence in their back after the typical 4-6 week recovery? As well, the spine is often a repeat offender and so with each “going out” one will potentially lose more confidence and control over the problem. The spine is a complex movement system that when injured can often harbor ongoing imbalances to cause one to have a back that cannot be trusted to perform as it did in the past. Even if you are feeling better, pain is not always a good guide to determine if your spine is working optimally.

In looking at many of the categories of injury bulleted below, one significant factor that is driving a spine to breakdown prematurely are muscle imbalances that allow excessive stress to concentrate on joints, muscles, or disk tissues. One of the critical issues to note with the spine is that it is a very interdependent system. When one area of control or motion is lost, the stage is set for stress to concentrate on vulnerable segments. These segments are often the lowest two in the back, L4, and L5 which can lead eventually to pain, joint changes, disk herniation, arthritis, and stenosis -in other words spinal breakdown.

Sciatica is pain which radiates down the back of the leg below the knee and at times all the way to the foot, it can have tingling and numbness associated. This type of leg pain reflects the presence of pressure on one of the smaller nerves as they exit the spine that unite to form the sciatic nerve. as it exits the lower spine A herniated disk, a spur in the spine, or advanced arthritis in the spine can put pressure on the nerve and create leg pain. The Sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body and pain from it can get extreme when pressure is severe and it is very inflamed.

Physical therapy is the profession that looks at the spine as an interdependent system and takes all factors related to muscle imbalance, instability, weakness, and tightness into account to reduce the excessive pressure on the sciatic nerve or related areas and restore optimal function. This process will require active participation by the patient both physically and mentally to exercise, learn, and move in ways that unload the stressed area of the back. This ultimately results in the patient developing their own internal control of the problem and rebuilds the ability to trust their spine to perform as needed. It is an investing process but one well worth the effort when your goals have been met. Full Potential Physical Therapy’s main specialty is spinal rehabilitation.

Find relief today

At Full Potential Physical Therapy, our main goals are to help you relieve your pain, improve your strength, and reach your optimum levels of function. If your lower back pain or sciatica symptoms have been limiting your daily life, contact us today at Holland, MI! We will help you reach your physical goals so you can get back to living your daily life, free from back pain or sciatica discomfort.