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Do you suffer from back or neck pain? At times this pain can radiate indicating a potential problem with the discs. The bones in your spine are called the vertebrae. The vertebrae are held together and in place by ligaments and small discs that act as shockabsorbers.Thesecontrol your spine’s rangeof movement, flexibility and keep the spinal cord safe from damage. However, when a disc is damaged, the inside can squeeze out of place and either bulge or herniate, leaving the spinal nerves susceptible to damage. When this occurs, the result is called a “herniated disc”, “slipped” or “ruptured disc.” A herniated disc can be incredibly painful and can cause a great deal of limitations on the body’s movement, thus hindering a person’s movement and overall ability to perform day-to-day tasks. A herniated disc can cause a variety of symptoms includingradiatingpaindownthearmor leg,depending iftheherniateddisc is inyourneckor lowback.Bulging discsare thebeginningphaseofherniateddiscs.Very

oftenpeoplehaveabulgingdiscanddon’tevenknow it. Only when the outside of a bulging disc becomes irritated and affects the surrounding tissue does it begin to cause back ache, generally in the same area and not down the leg. A herniated disc in the neck can be just as painful as a herniated disc in the back. Arm pain from a neckherniateddisc isoneof themorecommonneck conditions treated by our spine specialists. Although a neck herniated disc may start from injury to the spine, the symptoms, including arm pain, commonly start from poor posture or muscle strains. The arm pain from a neck herniated disc occurs because the herniateddiscmaterial“pinches”orpressesonanerve, causingpain to radiatealong thenervedown thearm. Our specialized physiotherapists are trained to examine your spine and movement to find the root cause of your problem. Then we work with you and your doctor to put together a plan that helps you achieve optimum results.

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“Is That Thigh Pain Really Sciatica?” PHYSIOTHERAPY HELPS SCIATICA

One of the most common mistakes is to assume that all leg pain is sciatica, and must be due to a disc in the back pressing on a nerve. In fact, most leg pain is not pain from the nerve in your spine, and has nothing to do with a herniated disc. There is much confusion about the term sciatica. the sciatic nerve. It is best to understand the difference between referred leg pain, which “refers” from another area and nerve root pain which begins in the spine. Irritation of any of the tissues of the back can cause pain down one or both legs. Seventy percent of patients with back pain have some radiating pain to their legs. This referred pain can come from the tissues, muscles, ligaments, joints, discs or other back structures. It is usually a dull ache that spreads into the buttocks and thighs. In addition, it may affect both legs, however, it usually does not go much below the knee. Referred pain is not due to anything pressing on a nerve. It is not sciatica. Irritation of the nerve root in the spine gives a quite different pain, which is sharp and specific to an area of your leg. Nerve root pain usually radiates to the foot or toes. Patients often describe the pain with sensations such as pins and needles or numbness. It usually affects one leg only and is greater than the pain one has in the back. Nerve root pain is much less common than referred leg pain. Furthermore, if you have back pain alone and no leg pain or nerve symptoms, a nerve root problem is very unlikely. If you do have leg pain, then your legs should be examined by a physiotherapist

for signs of nerve irritation or nerve compression.

Diagnosing nerve irritation depends on tests that stretch or press on an irritated nerve root to cause pain. Our physiotherapists at NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness perform different tests for nerve irritation. A common test is raising the leg straight in the air and looking for radiating pain with limitation. Discover how our Spine Program transforms your back pain from a pressing problem, to a distant memory, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Care enough to share how we have helped you? Who do you know that could benefit from therapy? If you know someone suffering with aches and pains, then give the gift of health. Refer them to NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness today! Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Athletic Therapy Screen. They will thank you, and so will we! YOU HELP US HELP OTHERS Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

Exercises to help reduce back pain Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

PRONE ON ELBOWS Lying face down, slowly raise up and prop yourself up on your elbows. Hold for 8 seconds. Repeat 8 times. Loosens Low Back www.simpleset.net

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: DR. EDWARD PILAT

NRG ATHLETES THERAPY FITNESS NOW OFFERING SPORTS MEDICINE. We welcome Dr. Edward Pilat to the NRG Team. Dr. Pliats’ specialties: • Sports Medicine • Concussion Evaluations and Treatment. • Team Physician U of M Bisons Football. • Team Physician Winnipeg Rifles Football. • High School Football Coverage. • Manitoba Combative Sports Chief Ring Physician. • U of M Teaching • Member of Sport Manitoba Medical Council. Call 204-783-9578 to book your appointment or e-mail info@nrgathletes.ca. We will start accepting bookings in April, 2018! Visit us at www.nrgathletes.ca.

Healthy Recipe: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

INGREDIENTS • 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats • ½ cup of ground flax seed • 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

• ½ cup of raw honey • ½ cup of peanut butter • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder • ½ cup of dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS Add rolled oats, ground flax seed, chia seeds, cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and vanilla protein powder to food processor. Pulse until ingredients are blended (about 7-9 times).Add mixture to a large bowl, add in chocolate chip. Stir to combine. Form energy bite mixture into 1” balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve! Author: Krista @ https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-energy-balls/

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