Hip & Back Pain or Impairment

Adhesions in the hip and back area can cause restricted or poor circulation which irritates nerves and causes muscles and joints to remain tight and stiff. This leads to pain and discomfort, limiting exercise and further reducing circulation.

Healthcare professionals often have great difficulty evaluating and treating hip and back pain. Current technology like MRI, CT scan, or X-ray has very limited ability to image adhesive scar tissue. This is due to the fact that this tissue is much less dense than the tissues that are well imaged such as bones, ligaments, and tendons.

Common Cause of Hip & Back Pain
The original source of the hip or back pain may be either a micro- or macro-traumatic event. Micro-traumas are the ongoing inflammation that results from poor posture or heavy loads on the body. Macro-traumas are the impact of some type of accident. In both cases, structural damage to the spine or joints may require surgical or medical intervention.

However, our bodies also react to the original injury with inflammation and development of adhesive tissue. This adhesive scar tissue acts like glue across the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints—preventing them from the free movement and circulation they require for optimal health. This results in nerve pathways becoming blocked and irritated, muscles become limited in their ability to expand and contract, circulation becomes impaired, and tendons and ligaments irritated—all of which create pain and dysfunction.

New Concepts in Treatment of Hip & Back Pain
MRT® breaks this cycle by directly addressing the adhesions, increasing circulation and flexibility and restoring optimal function. Relieving the adhesions usually dramatically reduces pain and increases mobility.

Sciatica

Do you experience odd sensations and pain in your buttock region? Is your first thought you have a back problem and possibly a herniated disk? You are not alone.

Sciatica can mimic symptoms like a low back herniation because both are irritations to the nerve and both can create sensations of shooting pain, nagging pain, and muscle irritation. With this condition, the sciatic nerve becomes irritated as it passes through the buttock muscles. This is often caused by direct irritation to the nerve (prolonged sitting), trauma to the nerve (a fall on the buttock), and strain to the surrounding muscles (a weekend warrior outing). These irritations are closely associated with inflammation and over time the tissues surrounding the nerves develop adhesions and tightness making the symptoms worse or preventing the symptoms from improving. Prompt physical therapy intervention is the key.

At Mettler Institute, our physical therapy team addresses these adhesions and the associated muscle dysfunction by using our innovative MRT approach. In addition, we incorporate carefully guided exercise and home programs to complete the treatment process.