Causes of Low Back Pain & Sciatica

Low back pain is a widespread condition that most adults struggle with it at least once in their lifetime.

In this video, Dr. Saeed Monterrey, doctor of physical therapy explains common underlying causes of low back pain and sciatica.

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Common causes of low back pain and sciatica and physical therapy treatments

There is a lot of causes for lumbar back pain or sciatica.

One of them is when the vertebrae are slipped too forward. That narrows the opening for the nerves.

The narrowing of the spacing in the lumbar spine where the nerves travel can pinch these nerves and cause pain all the way down the back.

This condition could be diagnosed as arthritis or stenosis of the spine.

When that happens, we need to create movement and open that area up to create spacing for the nerves.

One of the things we do is we work with our hands and specific exercises to mobilize that area to get movement and create space for the nerves to travel through.

Other common causes are lumbar derangement from a disc bulge and herniated disc.

If the disc is protruding backward where the nerves are, or there is a tear or bulge in the disc, that can cause an imbalance within the spine.

To treat that, we do some exercises to create balance in the spine by pushing the disc forward and away from the nerves.

Another condition we see also is lumbar instability.

Lumbar instability happens when the muscles around the spine aren’t functioning correctly. They are not stabilizing and supporting the spine the way they should.

For this condition, we do a lot of neuromuscular re-education. It allows those muscles to function correctly and work the way they should.

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