Stretch PT & Total Wellness - April 2018

What Sciatica Sufferers Need to Know Patients’4Most BurningQuestions Answered

Q: Which exercises should I do? A: The exercises that will provide the most relief for your sciatica depend on the particular cause of your condition, whether it’s a herniated disc, stenosis, arthritis, or a pelvic or SI-joint problem. People with a herniated disc typically have pain when bending forward, twisting, coughing, or sneezing. Stenosis or arthritis usually causes pain in those 50 years or older when they’re standing or walking. And SI-joint or pelvic issues cause pain in the thigh that worsens after sitting for long periods of time. Q: How do I maximize my chances of eliminating pain? A: The single best way to fix your sciatica for good is to work alongside an experienced physical therapist who understands the complex interactions in your body. The experts at Stretch Physical Therapy can help you live a life free from the

If you suffer from constant sciatic pain radiating down one side of your buttock or leg, it can be difficult to think about anything else. That’s one reason we encourage patients suffering from sciatica to seek treatment as soon as possible. Address the issue before it worsens, so you may return to the things you love to do. You probably have questions about the treatment process, and we’ve got answers! Q: How long will this take to go away? A: In general, it takes 4–8 weeks to eliminate sciatic pain and return movement and strength to normal levels. But it may take another 1–4 months of treatment to get back to all the activities you want to do. This recovery time depends on several factors, including overall health, diet, rest, stress levels, and consistent adherence to your treatment plan. Luckily, most patients feel marked improvements in their condition within only 2–3 visits. Even better — once a patient makes it through all three phases of treatment and they’ve returned to their favorite activities, it’s unlikely the pain will ever return. Q: Do I need any special equipment? A: At Stretch Physical Therapy, we take a minimalist approach. There’s no need for big, fancy, or expensive equipment in your home. Most of your prescribed exercises can be done with a ball, exercise bands, and a bit of space.

pain of sciatica, injections, medications, and surgery. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation, and take the first step toward uprooting your pain!

Don’t resort to surgery at the first recommendation. Get a second opinion and learn how to heal naturally without medications and long recovery times. Call Stretch Physical Therapy at 513-874-8800 and eliminate your back pain for good!


Mint Pea Soup


With the beautiful spring weather, peas will soon be ripe enough to slip out of their pods. In honor of the season, this recipe pairs peas and pearl onions with mint to make a refreshing soup.


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3 pearl onions, diced 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 cups fresh or frozen peas 5 cups vegetable stock

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1 tablespoon agave nectar

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt to taste

Pistachios for garnish

3/4 cup freshmint, plus more for garnish


1. Place pot on stove over medium heat. Add olive oil. Add onions and cook until translucent. 2. Add peas and stock. Cook until peas are just tender and still bright green. Remove from stove and allow mixture to cool for 5 minutes. 3. Put the mixture in a blender. As you blend, add mint, agave, lemon juice, and salt. 4. Once blended, pour into a bowl, garnish with mint and pistachios, and serve! This soup can be served hot or chilled depending on the weather and your preference. 513-874-8800


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