Eastern Shore: Is It Back Pain Or Sciatica?

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Are You Running Out Of Ideas For Pain Relief? IS IT BACK PAIN OR SCIATICA?

Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis, yet for so many people, this is a total reality. By certain estimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at some point in their lives.

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Sit Confidently In Public! • Understanding Back Pain • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essential • Patient Success Spotlight IS IT BACK PAIN OR SCIATICA? INSIDE:

Discussing Back Pain & Sciatica with Martin Weinstein PT, MPT, COMT and Kathleen Weinstein PT, DPT.

Too many people consider back pain a normal experience of their lives and don’t immediately seek support that could make the pain an issue of the past. Working with a physical therapist is, hands down, the best thing that you can do when you are looking to overcome back pain. A physical therapist can identify the cause of the back pain and present you with helpful strategies that can strengthen your back and reduce the severity of your pain. Physical therapy for back pain often includes a combination of targeted massage, flexibility and range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques. Using these strategies in combination with anti-inflammatory medication, as recommended by your physician, is often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Find out how you can relieve your aches and pain for good with our programs. Call us today for more information!

Dear Valued Client,

MARTIN WEINSTEIN PT, MPT, COMT

KATHLEEN WEINSTEIN PT, DPT

The most common type of back pain experienced is in the lower back, and it can happen for any variety of reasons. Being in a car accident can cause you to experience lingering back pain for years after the accident. Accidents at work can lead to similar consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can also develop for any number of common reasons — things that you do every day without thinking twice. An old desk chair that doesn’t provide much lumbar support can take its toll over time, as can wearing shoes that don’t have much support, or even gaining weight, particularly around the stomach area.

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UNDERSTANDING BACK PAIN

Being educated about your back pain can help you make the right choices to overcome it as quickly as possible. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that it lingers. This leads many people to deal with back pain for years on end without seemingly any end in sight. While there is back pain that develops as a result of strain or sprain, there is also something called low back degenerative disc disease, which happens when the discs in your spine weaken. This frequently develops as a result of repetitive back injury and can also develop as a result of age. With degenerative disc disease, the space between the discs begins to collapse and become unstable and will cause back pain to develop. When you work with a physical therapist to overcome back pain as a result of degenerative disc disease, your physical therapist will begin by strengthening core muscle groups, which includes the abdominal wall, and will provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain. While some back pain is easy to identify as pain, such as is the case with degenerative disc disease, there are other situations in which the pain may be a bit more complicated to understand. One of the most common back issues experienced in the United States is sciatica pain, and this sort of pain is often a lot more difficult to identify — especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem. How can you tell the difference between back pain and sciatica pain? The answer is that sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg • The pain becomes worse when you are sitting • The leg pain develops more as a burning, tingling or searing sensation, and not as a plain ache Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms Eating Right Never Tasted So Good! DIRECTIONS Wash the mushrooms and carefully remove the stems without breaking the caps. Finely chop the stems. Combine the shallots, garlic and vinegar in a small skillet or saucepan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom stems and soy sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mushrooms soften and release their juices. Add the spinach and cook, continuing to stir, until it is wilted and the liquid in the pan is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes, then stir in the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Stuff the spinach filling into the mushroom caps. Place the mushrooms in a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, until tender. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes for the filling to set before serving. Yields 20 mushrooms. INGREDIENTS • 20 medium mushrooms • 1/4 cup chopped shallots, scallions or onion • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach • 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt • Salt and pepper to taste

• There is a sharp pain that occurs at times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk • The pain is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes Sciatica pain develops in the nerves that connect the lower back to the legs, and so while the pain itself is generated from the back, a lot of time, the experience of the pain is more largely associated with the upper legs. What’s more, sciatica pain doesn’t always develop like pain in the traditional sense. Sciatica pain instead causes a buildup of tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t consistent either. The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times. If you are experiencing back pain and you haven’t talked to a medical professional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can cut your time struggling with back pain literally in half. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us. https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/what-you-need-know-about-sciatica

Contact us today to schedule an appointment at 410-641-2900!

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DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

Patient Success Spotlight

At Eastern Shore Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Eastern Shore Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

“After two separate sessions with Eastern Shore Physical Therapy for two separate needs for therapy, I continue to be impressed with this facility. First and foremost thestaff– from theofficegirls to the therapists,areprofessional, capable,caring,andmostcongenial.The facilityhasaverypleasantandupbeat atmosphere and is well kept. My serious rotator cuff tear has been made much more mobile and much less painful, without the benefit of surgery, because of Leah, Justin, and Walt. For anyone wishing to complete a healing physical therapy program in a very positive atmosphere, I highly recommend Eastern Shore Physical Therapy. Martin and Kathleen Weinstein are to be commended for putting together an excellent staff in a comfortable facility.” - Diane S. I continue to be impressed!

Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

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Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

OCTOBER 6TH • 10AM

Strengthens Core

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PLANK While lying face down, lift your body up on your elbows and toes. Try and maintain a straight spine. Do not allow your hips or pelvis on either side to drop. Hold for as long as you can work up to holding it for a minute a day. Repeat 3 times.

By request, we’re hosting a Back Pain Workshop at Eastern Shore Physical Therapy

If you’re confused about what to do and looking for answers, here’s some of what you’ll learn: Saturday, October 6th at 10AM

Call To Reserve Your Spot! 410.641.2900 • Asure-fireway topick the right treatment for the cause of your back pain (and save you a ton of time & money). • The Single Biggest #1 Mistake patients withbackpainmakewhichactuallystops them from improvement in relief…

• How a problem in your spine can cause back pain… • What successful treatment and permanent relief looks like without the side effects of medications, injections or surgery.

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