Back Pain & Sciatica Pain Relief

Back pain? Lower back pain? We’ve seen it all before with the back being one of our most treated areas.  From sore muscles to disc bulges and spinal alignments and more, our Harmony Physiotherapy treatment can help get you back to your best in no time!

Pulling, pushing, lifting and throwing all require back muscles to certain extents, as does walking or standing. Similar to having broad shoulders, a wide back is a symbol of strength and stability. Despite this, the back is also regularly associated with pain, being the second most common location in the adult body to experience pain.

Back pain and sciatica pain are closely related to medical conditions. Many times, sciatica pain is the result of a medical back problem. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body and consists of nerve roots in the lower back and runs through the buttock and down the back of each leg. Portions of this nerve branch out to the thigh, calf, foot, and toes.


Sciatica nerve pain is often characterized by the following symptoms: 

  • Low back pain that radiates down the leg

  • Leg pain with burning and tingling

  • Numbness in the leg or feet

  • Continual pain on one side of the buttock

  • Sharp pain

  • Trouble sitting and getting up

It’s important to note that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in itself. It is actually a symptom of an underlying problem. And the root cause must be identified for effective treatment. Common lower back problems that can cause sciatica include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar herniated disc, and spondylolisthesis.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc degeneration is a natural process that often occurs as we age. But, for some people, it can occur young. One or more degenerated discs in the spine or lower back can irritate a nerve root and cause sciatica. This disease is diagnosed when a weakened disc is exposed. Bone spurs may also develop with disc degeneration and cause sciatica.

Lumbar Herniated Disc

This condition occurs when the soft gel material of the disc leaks out and passes through the outer core. It irritates the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc. It’s also known as a bulging disc, slipped disc, ruptured disc or protruding disc.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is caused by a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal. It’s also common in the aging process and typically affects those over 50. It can be a result of a bulging disc, enlarged facet joints, arthritis or an overgrowth of soft tissue. Whatever the cause, it can result in back pain and sciatica pain.


Spondylolisthesis occurs when a small stress fracture causes one vertebra to slip forward on another. There’s then a disc space collapse. The nerve can get pinched and result in sciatica. Sciatica pain can range from mild to severe.

How Harmony Physiotherapy  Ottawa Can Help You:

Physiotherapy at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa for these conditions is effective and usually has two components: passive and active. Passive physical therapy modalities consist of ultrasound, TENS units, heat and ice packs, dry needling and acupuncture. Active physical therapy modalities include stretching exercises, back exercises, and low-impact aerobic conditioning.

Harmony Ottawa can help you treating spinal issues. When you meet with a Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapist, there will be a full assessment. Tests will be done and an individualized treatment plan will be developed based on your goals. Your physiotherapist is your coach who will help you eliminate pain, perform daily tasks and improve overall general health.

If you’re suffering from back pain, sciatica pain or low back pain, don’t wait any longer for relief. You don’t have to suffer. Get back pain relief with Harmony Ottawa. Contact Us Today at Harmony Ottawa to set up a one-on-one consultation and full evaluation. Our physiotherapists are certified, experienced and committed to helping you feel better. They’ve helped many others recover from back issues and can help you too.