Can you guess which ailment is described below: – On average, 50% of all patients in physical therapy are being treated for this (2) – A ects at least 80% of us some time in our lives – Fifth most common reason for all physician visits in the U.S – Usually recurrent and tends to increase in severity – Can occur at any age but is most prevalent during the third to sixth decades of life (1) Any guesses?
The condition being described above is none other than (drum roll please)….low back pain, also known as sciatica. Yes! Low back pain is that common, and you may be su ering from it if you experience the following symptoms: Pain in lower back Pain in buttocks Burning sensation Tingling Numbness Weakness Di culty standing Shooting pains Hip pain Swelling Insomnia Falling Di culty sitting Compensation / Posture changes Pain behind the knee The two things the average person may be tempted to do when experiencing an episode of back pain include reaching for over-the-counter medications or better yet, Google. But what if Google’s “top 3 stretches for low back pain” don’t work for you, and the same exercises that worked for your neighbor are only making you worse?