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Back Pain Relief and Sciatica Pain Relief Edgartown, MA

Sciatica & Back Pain Relief

Maryann H.

Back Pain Symptoms Muscle ache Shooting or stabbing pain Pain that radiates down your leg Pain that worsens with bending, lifting, standing or walking Pain that improves with reclining Sciatica Pain Symptoms Lower back pain Pain in the rear/leg when

Nica F.

I now take four medications not sixteen! I no longer need a walker or a cane while walking. I no longer have dangerous epidurals or go to the pain center because I have, with your help, significantly healed what I was told was not going to ever improve!

Chloe N.

After injuring my back, I was truly afraid I would have to change everything in my life. I even had to sleep in a lawn chair instead of my bed.

Back Pain Symptoms

  • Muscle ache
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Pain that radiates down your leg
  • Pain that worsens with bending, lifting, standing or walking
  • Pain that improves with reclining

Sciatica Pain Symptoms

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the rear/leg when standing
  • Hip pain
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving your leg/foot
  • Constant pain on one side of the rear
  • Shooting pain making it difficult to stand

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, back pain is the most commonly reported pain throughout the country.  One out of every four Americans has experienced back pain in the past three months. Back pain usually results from an injury or strain; however, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if the discomfort you are experiencing is general back pain or sciatica. Sciatica, also extremely common, is highly uncomfortable, is a specific type of back pain caused by a nerve issue. People with sciatica experience pain along their sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. The sciatic nerve begins at your lower back and then splits at the base of your spine to extend further down to your buttocks, legs, and finally to the bottom of each foot. The sciatic nerve can become “pinched,” which causes a “shooting,” “stinging,” or “burning” sensation in your lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet.

The good news is that back pain and sciatica are both completely treatable. At Vineyard Complementary Medicine, the early stages of treatment will focus on pain relief, followed by structural alignment/ systems balancing.  Once you begin to improve, your practitioner will expand on your exercises and stretches, focusing on increasing your strength and range of motion. The overall goal of physical therapy for back pain and sciatica is to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen the body so you can get back to doing your normal daily activities without pain or discomfort.

Whether you are suffering from general back pain or sciatica, our team of physical therapist can help relieve the discomfort in your back and help restore your mobility. The Vineyard Complementary Medicine approach may even help eliminate your need for addictive painkilling drugs and invasive surgical procedures.

For more information, contact us at our martha’s vineyardoffice.


How do I know if my back pain is serious?

The pain you experience in your back may either be acute or chronic, depending on how it was sustained. Acute pain means that it lasts for a short time and is usually severe. Chronic pain means that it lasts generally three months or longer and it can either cause dull or severe persistent pain. The pain you experience is typically either rooted in your back muscles or the bones in your spine. If your pain is severe enough to hinder you from doing daily tasks, if it suddenly worsens, or if it has lasted longer than three months, then it is time to seek the help of a physical therapist.

How do I get relief from back pain?

You can treat your back pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthening the muscles in the affected areas, and using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain, and may even help you avoid more invasive procedures, such as surgery.

What is the best physical therapy treatment for back pain?

Your physical therapist will design a treatment plan based on your specific needs. Your individualized treatment plan will incorporate the best methods possible for relieving your pain, facilitating the healing process, and restoring function and movement to the affected area(s) of your back. Your initial appointment will consist of a comprehensive evaluation, which will help your physical therapist discover which forms of treatment will be best for the orthopedic, neurologic, or cardiovascular condition you are experiencing. The main stages of your plan will focus on pain relief, which may include any combination of ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, posture improvement, targeted stretches and exercises, or any other treatment that your physical therapist may deem fit. While there is no singular method for relieving back pain, your physical therapist will make sure you receive the best treatments for your needs.

How do you relieve back pain without drugs?

While medication is easy, it only helps your pain subside for a short amount of time. Over time, certain drugs can cause some unfavorable side effects, and in some cases, they can be habit-forming. With NSAIDs, you run the risk of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. With corticosteroids, you run the risk of cataracts, high blood sugar levels, and bone loss. Luckily, there is a much safer and healthier alternative to treating persistent back pain: physical therapy. At your initial consultation, your physical therapist will ask you several questions regarding your medical history, lifestyle, and painful area(s). This information will assist your physical therapist in creating the best treatment plan for you and your specific needs, so you can be provided with long-term results.