PeakPerformancePT: Struggling With Back Pain Or Sciatica?

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INSIDE: • Struggling with Back Pain or Sciatica? Stand Taller with Physical Therapy • Relieve Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

Shelby is from Essexville, MI. In her time outside of work she enjoy spending time with family/friends, boating, camping, vacationing in warm tropical destinations, watching my kids play lacrosse and soccer and working out. Her hidden talents are baking and decorating cakes for my girls birthdays. You can see some of her masterpieces in the past. She chose to become a Physical Therapist because...”When I was a teenager, my momwas in a bad car accident and I would go to her therapy appointments and liked how they helped her get to feeling better”.

INSIDE: • Struggling with Back Pain or Sciatica? Stand Taller with Physical Therapy • Relieve Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight



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The differences between back pain and sciatica: It can be difficult sometimes to determine the differences between general back pain and sciatica. Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is caused by a compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body – it is approximately 2 centimeters wide, extending all the way down your back, your buttocks, underneath the piriformis muscle, and to the backs of your legs and your feet. It is made up of several nerves that exit your lower back from the lumbar and sacral levels (L4-S3), transmitting sensation andmuscle control. Common culprits of sciatica development include weakness in the gluteal muscles or tightness in the piriformis muscle, as they can compress and irritate the sciatic nerve. Common sciatica symptoms: The sciatica symptoms reported from patients tend to vary. Some may experience a deep ache in the buttocks, while others experience a severe pain radiating down one of their legs. It is also possible to feel a tingling or numbness in the back of the leg, calf, or foot. If left too long without proper treatment, irritation can become more severe and affect the strength of your leg muscles. Common sciatica treatment: The safest, easiest, andmost effectivemode of sciatica treatment is through physical therapy. Physical therapy examines the root cause of pressure on the nerve and works to quickly alleviate that pressure. Our licensed physical therapists will analyze the movements of the muscles surrounding the sciatic nerve, in addition to the back and hip joints. They will design an individualized treatment plan based on the specific needs of each patient, in order to strengthen the affected muscles, improve joint flexibility, and prevent problems from occurring again in the future. Tips for sciatica relief: There are some tips you can follow to relieve your sciatica pain on your own. These can be done before coming in for treatments, or in tandem with your physical therapy treatments: • Performing gentle stretching exercises. • Avoiding prolonged sitting. Make sure to get up every 30 minutes and change positions frequently. • Putting a pillow behind your knees when sleeping on your back or between your knees when sleeping on your side.

• Using your legs to bend down when picking up objects off the floor, rather than using your back. • Alternating ice and heat on the buttock to reduce inflammation. • Asking your doctor about coming to physical therapy, or giving us a call. How successful is physical therapy for back pain? A study found in the medical journal SPINE proves both the physical andmonetary benefits to treating back pain and sciatica with physical therapy. It demonstrates that when doctors refer their patients for physical therapy treatments early on in the diagnosis, their patients have shown significant improvement and lowered treatment costs. In this study, patients saved an average of $2736.36 for their low back pain treatment simply by being referred to a physical therapist in the beginning. If you are suffering with back pain or sciatica, consult with your doctor about physical therapy treatments, or contact our office to learn more about how you could benefit. At (PRACTICE NAME), we aim for speedy and effective recoveries at low costs. Don’t live with back pain any longer – stand taller with physical therapy. Source: Primary Care Referral of Patients With Low Back Pain to Physical Therapy: Impact on Future Health Care Utilization 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


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

Strengthens back

BIRD DOG 4-POINT ARM & LEG RAISE Begin by placing your knees and hands on the floor, with your hips and shoulders at a 90° angle. While keeping stable and engaging your core muscles, lift one arm and an opposite leg straight out toward the horizon, with your thumb pointed to the ceiling. Place both arm and leg back down to starting position. Repeat 10 times and then repeat this exercise with the opposite arm and leg. To build stability, this exercise can first be performed using only the arm or leg, and the opposing arm or leg can be added once ready for progression.

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My back feels so much better and I feel like I can maintain by doing the exercises and tips they provided me! “I came to Peak Performance because I was having some lingering back pain from the repetitive nature of my work and poor posture I did not realize I was utilizing. I thought I may have a herniated disc or other condition in my back, but chose to do physical therapy first because it would be the most holitstic approach as compared to going to my primary care and being referred to a specialist. I would rather see if this work and use surgery or medication as a last approach. One of my worries was my safety amid a Pandemic entering into a facility where many people go each day. Right when I walked in this fear was quenched by the staff as they had many procedures in place to ensure mine and the safety of all patients from screening and temperature checks at the entrance, hand sanitizer throughout the clinic, and masks worn by all staff and patients. They even cleaned each piece of equipment immediately after using it! I was so impressed by the way everyone called me by my first name and gave me their undivided attention when I was there. My back feels so much better and I feel like I can maintain by doing the exercises and tips they provided me. I would most definitely return if I ever have any pain and would recommend Peak Performance to anyone!” - S.R.

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