Back Pain & Sciatica

Back pain is the most commonly reported pain across Canada. This form of pain generally results from an injury or strain; however, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if the discomfort you’re feeling is the result of general back pain or sciatica.

Back pain can be felt anywhere along the spine, from the neck down to the tailbone with the most common area of pain in the lower back. The pain may also travel to other areas such as the buttocks, the back of the thigh, and down to the lower leg and/or foot. This type of pain is often called “radicular pain”. This pain may feel like tightness, aching, sharp pain, or other feelings such as tingling, numbness, or electric shock-like pain in the back or down the legs.

Sciatic nerve pain is discomfort triggered by nerve compression. Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve. It can also be due to any pressure on the nerve anywhere along the pathway of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

How Can Our Therapists Help?

Our physiotherapists, chiropractors and massage therapists will help you improve your posture, physical function and quality of life as you become more active. We can advise you about different stretching techniques as wells as exercises to improve muscle strength and endurance.

PROTx offers patients in Nova Scotia exceptional care with personalized treatments to suit your individual needs. If you are suffering from pain or have recently experienced an injury, our therapists will ensure you get back to the activities you enjoy and love.


Frequently Asked Questions

You do not require a doctor’s referral to attend physiotherapy, chiropractic or massage therapy. However, if you intend to use your health insurance to cover the cost you should confirm your insurers policy as some may ask you for a doctor’s referral.

The advantage of choosing a service provider that works in a collaborative practice environment like PROTx is that regardless of who you see initially, you will always be directed to the most appropriate therapist. This team environment gives you, the client, the best possible options.

Your therapist will perform an assessment. You will be asked a series of questions that will help better describe all of your symptoms in detail. This will be followed by an examination of the areas causing concern and associated areas. Following the assessment, the findings, your goals and available treatment options will be discussed.

The first appointment can take up to an hour. Subsequent treatments can be shorter or longer depending upon the condition and the treatment required.

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