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Back Pain & Sciatica

Back Pain & Sciatica Pain Relief

Patient Testimonials
  • R. Desai A.
    1 year ago
    I could barely walk from severe back pain. Trying to get up or sit down was very painful. Amira, the owner, is a miracle worker.
  • Nada F.
    1 year ago
    Healing Hands has provided me with so much relief from my TMJ problems, and even discovered other neck issues that have been contributing to my pain
  • Ram C.
    1 year ago
    I had and severe issue with muscle spasms and a pinched nerve that all but made me useless. The entire team at Healing Hands helped me get better.
  • Kathleen K.
    1 year ago
    I know that if I have problems in the future, this outstanding clinic will lead me back to strength, flexibility, and much less pain.
  • Chris B.
    1 year ago
    I have been going to Healing Hands PT for a few months now and every person there is simply wonderful. It is so peaceful and serene. The therapists know their stuff and have helped me so much. I would recommend them to anyone who needs PT.
  • Laura M.
    1 year ago
    The best all around physical therapy I’ve ever received. They treat all the causes, not just the symptoms and have super therapists and office staff. I went in feeling pretty awful and they made an immediate positive impact and I’m feeling stronger and just fantastic now. Feeling so lucky to have been referred to them and I highly recommend them! Thanks Healing Hands!
  • Bree .
    1 year ago
    Before I came to Healing Hands, I had been to four other doctors and not one of them was able to reduce my pain. After I completed my comprehensive treatment plan with Amira and her highly skilled and compassionate team the pain in my abdomen was GONE! Healing Hands you solved the problem! Thank you so much.
  • Sharon D.
    1 year ago
    I suffered from vulva and perineum pain for many years. My yoga teacher suggested I might benefit from pelvic therapy. A google search led me to Healing Hands, a different environment from the normal physiotherapy clinics. This is a safe place for women who have suffered sexual abuse to connect with kind, understanding, well-trained therapists eager to help and support the journey to physical/emotional/spiritual recovery. My therapy was complicated by the need for a hip replacement and my therapists at Healing Hands helped me with a post-operative return of strength, flexibility, and balance, always incorporating the need to achieve proper pelvic alignment. Once the hip therapy concluded, we were able to return to a focus on pelvic therapy. It’s never too late. Even 50 years after the traumatic event, Amira, Ashley, and Katie are lovingly supporting me in healing from the very long-term physical effects of trauma.
  • Nada F.
    1 year ago
    Healing Hands has provided me with so much relief from my TMJ problems, and even discovered other neck issues that have been contributing to my pain! I have been to several dentists and physicians in the past, and this is the most relief I have had in years! Amira, Katie, Karissa, Melissa and the rest of the staff are all extremely caring and knowledgeable. Amira is highly trained in this area, and puts so much care and effort into each session. Katie definitely complements Amira, and they both work so well together to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire treatment. I can now enjoy foods I wasn’t able to eat before, and have been off of pain medications since I started therapy. Thank you Amira and the rest of your amazing staff for all of your hard work! I would definitely highly recommend them to anyone suffering from any pain!
  • Patrick B.
    1 year ago
    I have struggled with chronic pain for most of my life, from which there is little relief, from a combination of rotational-scoliosis, 3 x congenital cervical bone fusion and having T6+T7 fused from a car accident and the desiccation of most of my lumbar disks from the combination of all of the above. The ladies at Healing Hands have helped me tremendously in being able to strengthen my body and develop practical and personal methods to help me deal with pain as well as open up to me NEW ideas on therapy. Life is about quality as well as quantity, and after only a few months of help I can say with absolute certainty that my quality of life has greatly improved thanks to the combined expertise of my team of caring and enlightened therapists. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish I had come here sooner.
  • Tom W.
    1 year ago
    For over 10 years I have had episodes of chronic night pain in my left shoulder. The episodes of night pain over the last several years had become more frequent and lasted over longer and longer periods of time. I had on several occasions during this period tried physical therapy. The physical therapy was never of any help until I went to Healing Hands. In the past I would be forced to terminate the therapy because it increased my pain levels at night. After the first session with Amira, my shoulder was simply in a “better place.” Healing over the several weeks of therapy has made my shoulder more robust and I can now exercise the shoulder without getting any night pain. It’s given me my life back!
  • Cathy G.
    1 year ago
    I am so thankful for the recommendation to try Healing Hands! After a few weeks of appointments, I now find myself recommending Healing Hands to others; it has been a God send!!! The staff is friendly, professional, courteous, and the physical therapists are very knowledgeable. For Amira, the owner, one gets the impression that this is not a job, but a vocation. Her passion for healing is evident through her very engaged communication with clients and the continuing education in which she, and her staff, partake. I was giving up hope of finding the source of my gastrointestinal/pelvic floor and migraine issues, but hope has been restored. I am learning so much about my body, while I journey on this road to improved functionality and recovery, with their help. I’ve been blessed by the PT administered by Amira and Katie. What a team! Together, through very different modalities of treatment, I am getting stronger and my body is healing. Thank you, ladies, for sharing your healing hands with me and others.

If you’re dealing with back pain you’re not alone. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine back pain is so common that 8 out of 10 people will suffer from it.  Treating back pain is challenging because a special approach is needed to obtain lasting results.  Physical therapy is your most powerful weapon against back pain and sciatica because it gives genuine, long-term relief.  Contact us today to get the low back pain and sciatica relief you need.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition involving damage to the sciatic nerve – the longest nerve in the human body, typically through compression or inflammation. Your sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and travels down each leg. Sciatic pain may follow this same route.

The main symptom of sciatica is lower back pain, but you may have other symptoms including numbness in the leg or an unpleasant tingling sensation in the foot.

Causes of Sciatica

The nerve damage that causes sciatica can occur in several different ways. One common cause are herniated discs.  Discs are between each vertebra in your spine.  Imagine that they are like a jelly donut.  If you compress the donut, you can move the jelly.  If you compress too much, the jelly can protrude out or actually come out of the donut. Disc herniation occurs when the disc material moves out of its normal place. When this happens between two of your lumbar vertebrae, it pushes on your sciatic nerve and causes sciatica symptoms like lower back pain.

While a herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica, there are other causes as well. These can include:

Spinal stenosis: when your spinal canal narrows and compresses the sciatic nerve.

Spondylolisthesis: when one of the vertebrae in your lower back slips out of place, it puts pressure on another vertebra and traps the sciatic nerve.

Degenerative disc disease: more common in older adults, thinning of the intervertebral discs can result in disc and vertebral damage, and result in complications such as sciatica.

Osteoarthritis: when you have osteoarthritis, severe inflammation of the spinal joints can cause enough swelling to irritate the sciatic nerve and cause sciatica.

How Physical Therapy Helps Sciatica and Low Back Pain

Research has repeatedly shown that physical therapy is a highly effective treatment for sciatica and other forms of lower back pain, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention specifically recommends physical therapy for non-invasive pain relief.

The reason physical therapy is such a powerful sciatica and lower back pain treatment is because it focuses on finding and correcting the pain at its source. This eliminates the underlying problem rather than treating the symptom. In contrast, taking medication to relieve the pain is temporary because it doesn’t fix the cause. After a few hours, you’ll need more medication when your symptoms return. With physical therapy, your back pain and sciatica symptoms will actually be cured, and you won’t need to take pain medication any longer.

When you visit us, your physical therapist will conduct a complete assessment to pinpoint the origin and underlying cause(s) of your pain. You will then receive a customized plan of action to effectively relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve, heal damaged tissue and alleviate the inflammation. You’ll also grow stronger, improve your range of motion, and take steps to prevent re-injury in the future.

Some of the treatments we use for sciatica and low back pain include:

  • Joint mobilization
  • Spinal traction
  • Manual therapy to address the muscles and fascia
  • Prescribed strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Dry needling
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Class IV laser therapy
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Heat therapy
  • Cold (ice) therapy

These non-invasive physical therapy techniques are chosen by our expert team for two reasons: your individual, specific needs and the proven effectiveness of each technique. Your physical therapist will use the best in evidence-based treatment to help you beat sciatica pain, both now and long term. Contact us anytime to fight sciatica and start your journey to a pain free life! Visit us at Healing Hands Physical Therapy 58 Parkland Plaza, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.


What are the causes of back pain?

There are a large number of conditions that can result in back pain. For example, poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are just a few of the ways that someone may develop back pain. Injury is the most common cause of back pain. This can happen in one of two ways: 1) an instant, sudden trauma, such as a car accident, or 2) repetitive use that puts excessive stress on the back over time, such as bending down several times throughout the week to pick up boxes. Some other factors that may contribute to your back pain include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, fractures, herniated disc, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and tumors of the spine.

Why does my back hurt?

Back pain commonly results from a muscle strain or injury; however, it can also develop as a result of an underlying condition, such as a herniated disc, sciatica, or degenerative disc disease. Poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are also common ways that someone may develop back pain. Your physical therapist will focus on treating the root of your back pain, in order to help you regain mobility, function, and comfort.

How can 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 are the best exercises for back pain?

It is common that the muscles used to support the lower back may become weakened from inactivity. We’ll prescribe targeted, easy-to-do exercises that we will walk you through, in order to help your back muscles regain their strength. This will help provide greater support to your spine and reduce any inflammation you may be experiencing. While the best exercises for your back pain are relative to your specific conditions, some common ones your physical therapist may have you do include spine stretches and abdominal strenthening.

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