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STOP SCIATICA IN ITS TRACKS PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN SOLVE YOUR BACK PAIN CAUSED BY SCIATICA

PT For Sciatica Learn how physical therapy can help relieve sciatica pain

Exercise Essentials Try this exercise to relieve pain and keep moving!

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STOP SCIATICA IN ITS TRACKS If you’ve experienced back pain, and even leg pain, you might have a deeper issue.Yourminorachesandpinchednervescouldbesymptomatic of sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it’s entirely curable. What Is Sciatica? What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica? Sciatica back pain is normally noticed as a pain radiating from the lower back. Often, this pain extends to the buttock, spiraling down the leg and extending to the calf. If you’re suffering from sciatica, you might feel the discomfort anywhere along this nerve pathway.

Sciatica ispainthatradiatesalongsidethesciaticnerve.Thisnerve,which branches from your lower back — spanning across your hips, buttocks and legs—canbe injuredorstressed inseveralways.Themostcommon cause of sciatica-related pain is inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated. Whilesciaticapaincanbe intense, it is treatable.A lotofsciaticacases, in fact, can be resolved without operation — and within just a few weeks. Even if you’ve suffered severe sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope. What Causes Sciatica? Inmostcases,sciaticaoccurswhenoneoftheback’sdiscsareherniated. Itcanalsohappen ifthespinenarrows—aneffectcalledspinalstenosis. As we age, our backs undergo a lot of stress. This stress takes a toll, causing inflammation in several areas. If this inflammation reaches a certain point, it may compress these nerves — resulting in pain.

The pain itself can be dull, aching or even sharp. In some cases, the compressednervemay feel like itburns. Inothercases,thecompressed nerve may simply issue a sharp jolt of pain. Some people experiencing sciatica may experience leg numbness, tingling or weakness. If sciatica isn’t treated, it can hinder mobility altogether. If you’re suffering fromback pain, call your Physical Therapist at Loop Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!

Sources http://www.apta.org/

https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

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SELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA

What it means: If the leg with pain, numbness or tingling does not go up as high as the other leg, you likely have sciatica. Your next step is to see what is causing the pressure on your sciatic nerve. 1. Sitting on a chair, look down. 2. Straighten one leg, with toes in the air. 3. Repeat for the other side. Follow these steps:

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HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP SCIATICA

Ifyou’reexperiencingsciatica,contacta physicaltherapist immediately. Medical News Today asserts that over-the-counter painkillers may alleviate pain, but in-depth physical therapy is often needed. Physical therapy can reduce sciatica compression by carefully introducing exercises and relaxing treatments. These treatments, hand-picked by professionals, can completely eliminatesciaticaovertime. Ifyou’reexperiencingbackpain,don’twait. Call one of our professionals today, and ask about physical therapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can be healed.

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Sources https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/what-is-sciatica#1 https://www.medicinenet.com/sciatica/article.htm https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/symptoms-causes/syc-20377435 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/7619.php

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS

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Perform This Exercise To Relieve Sciatica Pain In Minutes!

FOUR POINT TRUNK FLEXION & EXTENSION Start on hands and knees. Arch your back up to the ceiling as high as you comfortably can, and hold. Then, arch your back the opposite direction as low as you comfortably can, and hold. Repeat 6 times.

1. Call and consult directly with a physical therapist at one of our locations to discuss your pain and symptoms. No prescription needed!

2. Your physical therapist may suggest exercises or precautionary measures to relieve or avoid pain.

3. If further assessment is needed to find the cause of your paint, your therapist can schedule an appointment with you.

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DO WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE HEART! 8 SIMPLE TIPS FOR BETTER HEART HEALTH

“I had a quick consultation, and I am certain that this will be the place for me once I start my physical therapy. Hatice definitely knows what she’s talking about and what she’s doing.” - Alyssa P. “Hatice and their assistants were wonderful, compassionate, and on point as to what kind of modalities and specific stretching exercises I needed to help me recover from an arm fracture.” - Amy B. “For my first therapy consultation ever, I was very satisfied with the service. I felt very comfortable, and everything was explained in a very clear manner. I am looking forward to returning for the remainder of my PT sessions.” - Meaghan D. 1. AIM FOR LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN. Young and middle-age adults who sleep 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who sleep 9 hours or more. 2. KEEP THE PRESSURE OFF. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year. 3. MOVE MORE. To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart. 4. SLASH SATURATED FATS. To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options. 5. FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE DIABETES. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition. That’s risky because over time, high WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING!

blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely.

6. THINK BEYOND THE SCALE. Ask your doctor if your weight is OK. If you have some pounds to lose, you’ll probably want to change your eating habits and be more active. 7. DITCH THE CIGARETTES, REAL AND ELECTRONIC. Smoking and secondhand smoke are bad for your heart. If you smoke, quit, and don’t spend time around others who smoke as well. E-cigarettes are popular, but they’re not completely problem-free. They don’t contain the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke but, they still do contain nicotine, so your goal should be to quit completely, not just switch to a less toxic version. 8. CLEAN UP . Your heart works best when it runs on clean fuel. That means lots of whole, plant-based foods (like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) and fewer refined or processed foods (like white bread, pasta, crackers, and cookies).

HEALTHY RECIPE SUSHIMAKI

Ingredients • 4 sheets nori seaweed • 4 cups alfa alfa sprouts • 1 avocado, thinly sliced • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced • ½ cup NOT TUNA SALAD** • 1 carrot, shredded

Directions Lay one sheet of nori, shiny side down, on a bamboo sushi mat. Layer sprouts, avocado, bell pepper, approximately 2 tbs NOT TUNA SALAD, and carrots in a neat 2 inch wide rectangle along the end of the nori sheet closest to you. To roll thesushi: Rip theedgeof thenorisheetand thesushimatwithyour thumbsand forefingers and press the filling back with your other fingers. Using the mat to helpyou,roll the frontendof thenoriover thefilling.Pull thematbackwithyour fingers, giving the nori roll a tight squeeze, then lift the mat and continue rolling. Seal theedgeof thenorirollwitha littlewaterand turn theseamsidedown.Cut the roll into 8 pieces using a very sharp slicing knife or a serrated knife. Repeat with the remaining 3 sheets of nori. Serve with tamari or other dipping sauce.

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