Comprehensive rehabilitation (rehab) programs offer a variety of treatments
low back pain, integrating physical therapy, pain
management with medicine and mental skills, and various medical treatments.
These programs teach people how to care for their backs, how to prevent reinjury, and, in
the case of people with chronic pain, how to manage their pain (and situations
that make their pain worse) on a daily basis. The most reputable programs are
staffed by a team that includes doctors, physical therapists, behavioral
counselors, and social workers.
You are likely to benefit from a comprehensive rehab program if you
As many as 40% of people will get sciatica, or irritation of the sciatic nerve, at some point in their life. This nerve comes from either side of the lower spine and travels through the pelvis and buttocks. Then the nerve passes along the back of each upper leg before it divides at the knee into branches that go to the feet.
Anything that puts pressure on or irritates this nerve can cause pain that shoots down the back of one buttock or thigh. The sensation of pain can vary widely. Sciatica may...