Common Disc Issues

It is important to know the difference in the most common disc issues: herniated/ruptured disc, bulging discs and degenerative disc. It is also to important to understand the symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for disc issues. Most people are unaware that you can experience radicular pain in other parts of your body that originate from common disc issues in your spine.

Home Management for Spinal Stenosis

Your PT will follow your MD’s recovery protocol for spinal stenosis. Proper postural awareness and core stability will also be of extreme importance to your recovery. Slouching and forward rounding of the shoulders and pelvis needs to be avoided along with poor lifting mechanics.

Application of ice packs or heat may also be suggested to help manage chronic or acute pain and inflammation at home.

PT for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis can often be managed through physical therapy without the need for surgical intervention. If you require surgery, upon your initial evaluation at Elite Physical therapy, your physical therapist will educate you on your physician’s protocol for recovery.

Following your evaluation, your physical therapy team will develop and guide you through an individualized exercise program.

At Home Tips for Sciatic Back Pain


After you have attended your first couple of physical therapy treatments for Sciatica back pain, your PT will send you home with a home exercise program. This will include a personalized list of stretches and exercises to be completed during the week, when you are not attending PT in person. The HEP will include pictures of the exercises along with written instructions that include the frequency and duration of each exercise.

Treatment for Sciatica

If you’re experiencing Sciatica, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy or you can schedule an evaluation with a Physical Therapist through direct access.  When coming to PT for sciatic pain, you can expect:

    • Evaluation: a thorough evaluation from a Physical Therapist including an analysis of your symptoms, palpation of your spine and lower body to assess for pain,

Common Causes of Sciatica


Sciatica refers to nerve pain from an injury or irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in our bodies, running from the lumbar spine down through the glutes (buttocks), back of the thighs, and into the lower leg. Sciatica is a fairly common condition, usually affecting only one side of your lower body at a time,