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THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT “Do You Suffer From Painful Sciatica?” He a l t h & F i t ne s s The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Suffering with sciatica or back pain can make life very difficult at times. Over 80% of people will suffer an episode of back pain at some point in their lifetime. (continued inside)

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He a l t h & F i t ne s s The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

REDUCING PAIN. RESTORING FUNCTION. ACHIEVING GOALS. THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT “Do You Suffer From Painful Sciatica?”

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Many experience chronic back or radiating leg pain that interferes with their ability to enjoy life fully. Do you find yourself watching how you bend down, stand up, or lift objects, because of potential pain? It’s time to have a physical therapist examine your back. A study in the medical journal SPINE shows that referrals by doctors to physical therapy early for the treatment of back pain, significantly improved results and lowered costs. In the study, patients SAVED on average $2736.36 for their low back pain treatment, by having physical therapy treatment first. If you are suffering with back pain or sciatica, ask your doctor to send you to our expert physical therapists first, or give us a call to learn more how we can help you. Fast, complete, and low cost results are what you deserve. If you or someone you know may be suffering from sciatica, schedule an appointment by calling our office at 732-780-6230. PrimaryCareReferralofPatientsWithLowBackPain toPhysicalTherapy: ImpactonFutureHealthCareUtilization and Costs Fritz, Julie M. PT, PhD, ATC*; Childs, John D. PT, PhD†; Wainner, Robert S. PT, PhD‡; Flynn,Timothy W. PT, PhD§ Spine: 01 December 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 25 - p 2114–2121

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INSIDE What is Sciatica?

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Care To Share Program

Exercise Essentials

WHAT IS SCIATICA?

Sciatica is a term used to describe compression or irritation to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body at 2cm wide. It is made up of many different nerves that exit your lower back from the lumbar and sacral levels (L4-S3), extending all the way down the back of your leg into your foot. It transmits sensation and muscle control. The sciatic nerve plunges down deep through the buttocks and underneath the piriformis muscle in the buttock. Weakness in the gluteal muscles and tightness in the piriformis muscle are common culprits that press on and irritate the nerve. Symptoms Symptoms can vary from a deep ache in the buttocks to severe pain radiating down the leg into the calf and even foot. Occasional tingling and even numbness may be felt in the back of the leg, calf, or foot. If left too long without proper treatment, irritation can be severe and affect the strength of muscles in the leg. Treatment Sciatica is easily treated with physical therapy and this is the most complete form of treatment. Physical therapy examines the root cause of pressure on the nerve and works to alleviate that pressure quickly. Furthermore, our experts analyze the movements of your muscles, back and hip joints. By improving the flexibility of these joints, along with strengthening of the correct muscles, we put you on the path to prevent this problem from reoccurring. Call us today to learn more about our SPINE program and discover a pain free life.

REHABILITY’S FAMILY & FRIENDS CARE TO SHARE PROGRAM! The best compliment we can receive as a practice is always the referral of a family member or a friend. If you know someone suffering from aches and pains that are affecting their quality of life, WE CAN HELP! “CARE to Share” and refer them to REHABILITY.They will thank YOU and so will we, with a Surprise Gift Card! Have them call us today 732-780-6230. Tips to help your sciatica • Perform gentle stretching exercises. • Avoid prolonged sitting. Get up every 30 minutes and change positions frequently. • Put a pillow behind your knees when sleeping on your back or between your knees when sleeping on your side. • Use your legs to bend down when picking up objects off the floor. • Alternate heat and ice on the buttock to reduce inflammation. • Ask your doctor about coming to physical therapy or give us a call.

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Exercise Essentials

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LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Repeat 8 times. Rest, then repeat 8 more times.

Patient Spotlight

“You have kind, gentle hands that lead to my healing and a speedy recovery.” “I just wanted to thank you and your staff for all your help in getting relief from the pain I was having. From the moment I arrived in your office, everyone was so responsive. Your staff is so understanding, all polite and caring. A special thanks to you Dr. C for your expertise in recommending the best course of treatment to help me. You have kind, gentle hands that lead to my healing and a speedy recovery.” - Carmella D.

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