Biosport PT: Sciatica/Back Pain

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Getting To KnowThe BioSport PT Staff! DR. JASON ANTONIO DPT

Jason is a Senior Physical Therapist who has been with the company since 2011. Dr. Antonio received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Science and his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at California State University, Sacramento. While at the University of St. Augustine, Jason took extended training towards the Manual Therapy Certification (MTC). The advanced courses focused on spinal and extremity treatment and manipulations taught by Dr. Paris and Dr. Patla. He is currently finishing courses for spinal manipulation of the neck, upper back, lower back, and extremities and will take dry needling courses as well. All of these classes are from the Spinal Manipulation Institute taught by Dr. Dunning.

Jason specializes in treatments of lymphedema, peripheral vertigo such as BPPV, and torticollis in pediatric patients.

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

STAND UP TO SCIATICA “I Accomplished So Much After Seeking Treatment For Back Pain!”


• Naturally Relieve Back Pain • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Now Is The Time For Resolutions

Do you experience pain in the buttock, leg, or even your foot? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers. People frequently have questions about what sciatica is, why it occurs and how to find relief from the intense pain it can cause from the low back down to the feet. If you are suffering from sciatica, it is important to find its root cause. Many people often think an x-ray or expensive MRI is first needed to figure out what is causing pain. Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find its root cause. Recent studies show that nearly 1 million of MRIs done for sciatica fail to find a treatable cause. With a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance neurography, 69% of the patients were found to have a trapped sciatic nerve deep in the buttock by a muscle called the piriformis. It is known that in about 25% of the general population,

the sciatic nerve pierces through the piriformis muscle and can be susceptible to abnormal pressure and irritation. Why Does Sciatica Occur? If there are changes in posture, muscle strength or pelvic alignment, the nerve can be compressed which leads to the quite common low back and sciatic nerve pains. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body. It even reaches down to the foot and therefore, can be irritated anywhere along its path. With sciatica, the consequent ache can be felt anywhere from the base of the spine, the buttocks or the back of the thigh and legs. Even tingling sensations in the toes can be attributed at times to the impingement of the sciatic nerve.


Bad Habits Can Increase Your Pain Some seemingly harmless habits can also contribute to the irritation of the sciatic nerve. A frequent bad habit is crossing of the legs for extended periods, which puts pressure on the nerve. In addition, sitting for long periods is bad for your spine. It is possible for you to prevent or relieve sciatica simply by improving your posture. Physical Therapy Relieves Sciatica The specialists at BioSport PhysicalTherapy play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our physical therapists are medical experts with years of training to evaluate your back problem, finding the root cause of your sciatica. An individualized treatment plan is created to guide you through the recovery process and maximize your success. When coming to BioSport PhysicalTherapy, our friendly and knowledgeable therapists spend time with you. We train you on specific and easy exercises that will relieve the pain in your back and legs. In addition, our specialized hands-on therapy helps to gently loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine and legs. Your pain is quickly relieved and your flexibility restored, so you can feel like yourself again. Our cutting-edge treatments are doctor recommended and are specifically designed for you to reach your healthcare goals. Knowing all this should give you a headstart in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall. Journalof neurosurgery:SpineFeb,2005Volume2,Number2.AaronG.Filler,M.D.,Ph.D., JodeanHaynes,B.A.,Sheldon E. Jordan,M.D., JoshuaPrager,M.D., J.PabloVillablanca,M.D.,Keyvan Farahani,Ph.D.,DuncanQ.Mcbride,M.D., JayS. Tsuruda,M.D.,BrannonMorisoli,B.A.,UlrichBatzdorf,M.D.,andJ.PatrickJohnson,M.D.

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Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potato Soup

INGREDIENTS • 4 pounds sweet potato • 6 tbsp vegetable oil • Kosher salt • 4 medium carrots, diced • 1 medium onion • 5 cloves garlic

• 2 sprigs sage • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken stock • 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 tbsp zest • 3/4 cup pistachios • 2 scallions • 2 tbsp mint leaves • Pinch cayenne pepper • 1/2 cup olive oil

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 300°F. Toss sweet potato with 4 tablespoons vegetable oil and salt. Spread sweet potato on 2 rimmed baking sheets and bake for 1 hour. Increase oven temperature to 375°F and cook until sweet potatoes are tender and lightly browned around the edges, about 25 minutes. In a large pot, heat remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add carrot, onion, garlic, sage, and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until vegetables are just tender. Add sweet potatoes and stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until vegetables are very tender. Discard sage, if using. Add orange juice. Blend soup until smooth. Season with salt. In a mixing bowl, stir together pistachios, orange zest, scallions, mint, and cayenne pepper. Fold in olive oil and season with salt. Serve soup, spooning pistachio salsa on top.


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THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE CHAVEZ FAMILY While dad was helping injured patients at work, the Chavez family went to visit Santa. We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays!

“BioSport Physical Therapy was a great experience for me. The staff was very friendly, helpful and provided a very comfortable environment. My primary physical therapist, Leo, and his staff were very perceptive and knowledgeable not only in their assessment and treatment of my condition but also provided me with a clear understanding of how I should focus my lifestyle to stay healthy in the long run. Best of all, they were able to completely eliminate my pain, where originally I thought I would need surgery! I am very grateful to Leo and his staff for getting me pain free and back to normal.” – John D. They were able to completely eliminate my pain, where originally I thought I would need surgery!

PARTIES AT BIOSPORT PT The Biosport PT staff celebrated the holidays and Marrisah’s birthday with yummy Bundt Cake! NOW IS THE TIME FOR RESOLUTIONS What Will Be Your Resolutions In 2018?

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

SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST Lie on your back and bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor. Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg. Relieves Lower Back

1. Strive for purpose in your daily activities. Be purposeful in everything you do. Walk with purpose and people are more likely to respect your time. 2. Resolve not to be mediocre, even in how you eat. Use the freshness of the new year as an excuse for avoiding mediocrity. This can be a challenging task because industry markets products and services to the lowest common denominator. Give yourself an upgrade. Resolve to distance yourself from average. 3. Schedule exercise and stretching. Exercise is more effective when it is regular and systematic. It can be difficult to schedule exercise unless time is pre-committed. If you need help with exercise or if you have pain that is holding you back. Contact us at BioSport Physical Therapy and we can help you meet this resolution.



Having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping or driving, then this is an excellent opportunity to see one of our world-class therapists and find out the cause of your problem. New Year, New You! Get rid of those annoying aches and pains and jump start the new year with a FREE EXAM! The FREE EXAM consists of a 30 minute one-on-one appointment with the physical therapist of your choice. They will listen to you about your problem and how it impacts you. They will take measurements to test how well you are moving and test your strength. After your exam, they will give you a written copy of: • The cause of your problem • A plan for what successful treatment looks like If you are a past or present patient, then call 209-524-7488 to schedule your FREE EXAM. If you are referring a friend or family member, give them the certificate included in this letter and have them call 209-524-7488 to schedule their FREE EXAM. Appointments are FREE but limited; there are only 18 spots available! Hurry! First 10 patients to register will receive a gift. Don’t delay, register today by calling (209) 524-7488

January 30th from 9AM-5PM

This year marks 15 YEARS that we have been in business! We want to do something special to celebrate! This is our BIG THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you. To thank you, our valued clients, we are having a day of completely FREE EXAM for: • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 3 months • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated • All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers of our past and present patients The FREE EXAM consists of: • A 30-minute one-on-one appointment with the Physical Therapist of your choice • The PT will talk with you about the history of your problem • They will take measurements to test how well you are moving and to test your strength These exams are ideal for people suffering with pain from: • Lower Back Pain

• Neck Pain • Headaches • Shoulder Pain

• Knee Pain • Problems Walking

• Arthritis • Sciatica

Free Exam Day Coupon

Celebrating 15 years of being in business!!!

Call (209) 524-7488 today to schedule your FREE EXAM January, 30TH

First 10 will receive a gift. All Registered will be entered for a chance to win a POLAR HEART MONITOR. HURRY ONLY 18 SPOTS!

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5HEALTH TIPS FOR THENEWYEAR Learn How ToMaintain Your Diet This Year

1. Shop Well For Yourself It is more important then ever to stock your kitchen with healthy foods. Have healthy snacks handy. The more convenient they are, the more likely you are to eat them. Instead of thinking about what you shouldn’t eat, promise to eat your 3 to 5 servings of vegetables each day. 2. Schedule Your Exercise Your schedule will be very hectic this year, like every year. Schedule your workouts just as you would any other appointment. It’s okay if you can’t make it to class, but make sure that you get some activity in at least three days per week. 3. Just Say No You probably aren’t aware how much extra food you consume just from people offering it to you. A sample at the market here, an extra cookie at

an office party there and it all adds up. Just think twice before you take that food and decide if you really want it. 4. Skip the Baking Do you make baked goods for giving? Chances are you eat much of what you bake. Who wouldn’t? Instead make non-food gifts, or prepare ingredients for baked goods and put them in pretty jars — this year, let your gift recipient bake it up. That way, they can eat it when they want it and you don’t have to be tempted in the kitchen. 5. Hydrate Keep your water bottle with you at all times. You should be drinking eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. One handy trick is to buy a 64 ounce water jug. Fill it up in the morning and know that you need to finish it by the end of the day.

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