Lower Back Pain Specialist

Omega Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

For patients in Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Dmitry Shestakovsky at Omega Physical Therapy, offers care and treatment for lower back pain and sciatica. Here, the doctor can make sure that patients find relief from their worst back pain.

Lower Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

Several different factors can cause back aches or pain. Back pain can generally be grouped into four categories which include:

  • Mechanical- a mechanical issue with the way the spine moves
  • Injuries- fractures and sprains to the bones and muscles often caused by trauma like a fall
  • Conditions and diseases- Scoliosis, arthritis, spinal stenosis, osteoporosis, and ankylosing spondylitis in addition to conditions including pregnancy and fibromyalgia
  • Infections and tumors- Osteomyelitis is an infection and tumors can put pressure on the spine, causing pain

Emotional and stress related pain is also common. When the lower back is involved it is often sciatica. However, there are other causes such as trauma, osteoarthritis, repetitive/overuse injuries, and spinal conditions including spondylolisthesis, when one vertebra slips forward over another, and spinal stenosis, narrowing of the spinal canal.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition which develops when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched or irritated where it exits the spine in the lower back. Sciatica is often related to the presence of a herniated disc, which can cause inflammation that presses against the nerves. Because the sciatic nerve travels down each leg, symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness are usually felt along part or all of the pathway including in the buttocks and thighs. Sciatica is more common among people who are obese, those who wear high heels on a regular basis, people who stand or sit for long periods of time, and people who sleep on mattresses which don't provide proper support. The condition is also common in pregnant women when the belly grows and exerts increased pressure on the spine and the nerves.

How does physical therapy help relieve lower back pain and sciatica?

Physical therapy works by reducing inflammation which can cause pressure on nerves as well as reducing stiffness in muscles and other soft tissues so the person’s range of motion and flexibility are restored. Both exercises and hands-on techniques can help promote healthy circulation for faster and more effective healing. Additionally, special exercises and strengthening techniques help patients develop a stronger core so they can avoid painful symptoms in the future. Each plan of therapy will be developed based on the individual patient's symptoms and his or her treatment objectives for the best possible outcomes.

We accept Insurance!

We accept the following insurance plans. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.

Aetna PPO
Oxford Liberty/Freedom
United Healthcare
Worker's Compensation