Breaking Down Sciatica & Getting Relief Naturally

“How Can I Fulfill My New Years Resolution With This Aching Back? ”


It’s a new year and I’re ready to start the year off right and feeling good! You want to make sure you live up to those New Year’s resolutions. And you want back pain and sciatica issues to be a thing of the PAST. We want all those things for you too, so we want to offer you the gift of knowledge and educate you on how powerful physical therapy can be as a natural pain reliever. You can have the lifestyle you want and get back to the fun stuff instead of living with pain or considering surgery. We want to help you get lasting relief from back pain and sciatica. We are the spine and joint specialists on the Northshore and are here to give you honest answers and a correct diagnosis. We can put your mind at ease and help you be pain free. What’scausing lowerbackpain?Someprimarycausesarearthritis,stenosis and disc degeneration. What does that even mean? Let us explain…  As we age, the space between the bones in our back decrease and because of that we shrink. Yikes! Shrink?! This process usually takes place in people 40 years and older...They might say things like: “My pain came on gradually and has just gotten worse over time.”

“It hurts to stand or walk too long or sometimes I just have to find somewhere to sit or lean on a counter to rest my back.”

“I feel better if I sit or lay down with my legs up.”

I know you’re probably thinking, since this is linked to aging, will I ever feel good again and make progress? Yes. We can help you gain mobility, strength and get relief!

“ Most any type of exercise can reduce your risk of low-back pain by between 25% to 40%. ”

- JAMA Internal Medicine, Jan. 2016


Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back? If so, you are not alone. Four out of every five Americans will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Without proper spine mobility, stability and alignment your back structures wear down over time, similar to tires that are out of alignment. There are many different back conditions, but here are a few common ones: 1. Lumbar or sacral radiculopathy: The result of pressure on a nerve exiting the spine. Pain, numbness and tingling can be felt down in different parts of the leg. 2. Sciatica: This comes from compression of the sciatic nerve by a muscle called the piriformis, deep in the buttock. Symptoms can radiate down the buttock and leg. 3. Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the bony spinal canal which causes rubbing or pressure on nerves. Central canal stenosis is quite serious as it presses upon the spinal cord. 4. Lumbar sprain/strain: This is a common cause of low back pain due to injury of muscles and tendons. The rows of muscles that run up and down the sides of the spinal column, are the major muscle groups usually involved in lower back injury. 5. Fractures: These are due to trauma, or sometimes occur without any injury in people with osteoporosis.

6. Spinal cord compression: This is unusual, but very worrisome and may be associated with weakness and loss of bowel/bladder control. If you think that growing older automatically leads to back pain, here’s some great news; it doesn’t! Many people suffer from pain, yet, they still believe their aches and pains are a natural part of aging. They’re not. Back pain is primarily caused by four main factors: • Spinal muscle weakness • Poor muscle or joint movement • Poor posture • Lack of spinal or pelvic muscle coordination Treating the Cause of Your Back Pain The goal of our programs is to find the root cause of your pain and correct it, not just treat the symptoms. By treating the root cause of the pain, you can achieve faster, long-lasting results. We provide the most advanced and effective treatments to each of our patients in a caring, friendly environment. Our highly trained and skilled physical therapists use proven hands-on therapy techniques to help people of all ages become free of pain and get back to the activities they enjoy. If your back pain prevents you from standing for long periods, bending down to pick up objects, or getting up and down from the floor to play with your children or grandchildren it’s time to come to The Next Level Physical & Occupational Therapy and restore your quality of life.


9th patient of the day, Stephanie

What Did You Miss Last Month?

Last month we celebrated 9 Years of Business! On December 9, in honor of 9 years we graciously honored our 9th patient of the day, Stephanie Fowler with gifts from TNL. It was so much fun!

We had a Cookie Exchange and Hot Chocolate Bar on December 19. So many delicious cookies baked by our staff and patients. The best way to get into the Christmas spirit!

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Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

Patient Success Spotlight It feels awesome not to hurt!

January’s R.A.P.P. Star

Do You Know A Family Or Friend Suffering With Aches & Pains? This month's Refer A Patient Program Star is Susan Estapa. She's a wonderful loyal patient of TNL and she referred both her brother and his wife this month. We greatly appreciate all that Susan does for us! If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to The Next Level Physical & Occupational Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Physical Therapy Consultation.

“ Iwant to thankeveryoneatTheNextLevel for takingcareofme,especiallyJim, Cathy-Anne, Elena, Anthony and Mason. I went there with pain in my back and shouldersand Icouldnotwait for thenextvisitbecause Iwould feelsomuchbetter when I left. It takes really special people to make physical therapy an enjoyable experience.Youallhavesomuchenergyandenthusiasm inhelpingpeople reach their goals and you all made me feel like we were family. When I finished my six weeks, Iwaspain free.Thanksagain foreverything, it feelsawesomenot tohurt. Cathy-Anne, thank you so much for the exercises instructions to do at home. Thanks and May God Bless.” –Georgia S.

Have You Heard The Good News?

1 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance-an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

Ephesians 3: 20 (NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Attention Back Pain Sufferers!

What Did You Miss Last Month? (cont.)

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Mention or Bring in This Coupon Today For a Call Us For A FREE Discovery Visit 985.898.0721 How are you doing and can I help you? Give me a call, I can answer your questions. We can offer you a free movement assessment. What is a DISCOVERY VISIT? It is a one on one free consultation with a Physical Therapist who figures out why you are in pain and develops a plan to get you feeling better.

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