Peak Performance PT: Sciatica and Back Pain

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MATT MCFADDEN, PT, MSPT, OMPT Getting To Know The Peak Performance Physical Therapy Team

treating the spine, shoulder, and knee. Matt is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Sports Physical Therapy Section, and Michigan Physical Therapy Association. Matt enjoys helping people of all ages return to what they love to do, whether it be playing competitive sports, or playing with their grandkids. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors during summer and spending time with his wife and children.

Matt McFadden is the clinic director at Peak Performance Physical Therapy. He earned his Bachelor of Science in health fitness and his Master of Science in physical therapy from Central Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the Oakland University Orthopedic Manual Therapy Program. Matt is a clinical instructor for the Michigan State University Kinesiology Program, as well as for physical therapy programs throughout Michigan. Matt has served as a resident instructor in the OMPT Program at Oakland University. He has 12 years of experience treating patients with orthopedic conditions, and he specializes in

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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. If you, or someone you care about, is suffering from back pain/sciatica give us a call today!


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 therapists at Peak Performance Physical Therapy play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our therapists have years of training to evaluate your back problem and find 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 Peak Performance Physical Therapy, 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 head start in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall.

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

Tropical Carrot Smoothie

INGREDIENTS • 4 oz carrots - chopped

SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH 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. Loosens Lower Back

• 4 oz pineapple 1 pear - chopped

• 2 tbsp goji berries • 2 tbsp hemp seeds • 1 cup water • 1 cup ice

This tropical smoothie is spring break in a cup! High in vitamin C, vitamin A and beta-carotene, carrots are a great vegetable for your complexion. In addition to keeping your skin radiant, daily consumption of carrots may also provide a small amount of SPF. Because of its high vitamin C content, pineapple is another great ingredient for your skin, and goji berries have the antioxidants to help every part of you feel young. Goji berries are also full of copper, iron and riboflavin, trace minerals aren’t all that common in produce. In addition to protein, hemp seeds are a great vegan source of Omega-3s and Omega-6 fatty acids, the good kind of fat that helps with heart health, cholesterol, and even balancing hormones

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Patient Success Spotlight

Photos from the 2018 Greater Lansing Business Monthly Entrepreneurial Awards Dinner

where 8 members of our team were in attendance.

“I have referred many patients to Jill Marlan and have had exceptional success with their care. My patients have continually raved about the superb service they receive. The results I have seen have been above and beyond what a typical physical therapist could do. In my practice I work with many chronic pain and post operative patients. Jill’s advanced evaluation and treatment skills have far superseded my expectations with these patients. I will continue to to use Jill Marlan for my physical therapy needs, and I would recommend Peak Performance Physical Therapy to any clinician or patient.” - RYAN O’CONNOR D.O., Physical Medicine/Pain Specialist I would recommend Peak Performance Physical Therapy to any clinician or patient.

Photos from Jill and Dani attending the Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner with their Athena Powerlink group.

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