MSR: Sciatica and Back Pain

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Whether you’re settling in at home to watch the snow fall with a mug of hot cocoa, or planning a cross-country excursion with family, MMA & Sports Rehab wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season and new year. It is no secret that the holidays can be a physically stressful time, and we want to let you know we are here for you, should any pain or discomfort come your way. May you have a holiday season filled with comfort and joy, followed by a fruitful new year. INSIDE : • Stand Up To Your Sciatica Pain •A 30 Second Self-Test For Sciatica • Patient Success Spotlight • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

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STAND UP TO YOUR SCIATICA PAIN FEEL YOUNGER . MOVE BE T TER . GE T STRONGER .

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• A 30 Second Self-Test For Sciatica • Healthy Recipe

• Patient Success Spotlight • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

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. If you’re suffering from sciatica, you might feel the discomfort anywhere along this nerve pathway. The pain can even extend to the calf. The pain itself can be dull, aching or even sharp. In some cases, the compressed nerve may feel like it burns, causing considerable pain. In other cases, the compressed nerve may simply issue a sharp jolt of pain. Some people experiencing sciatica may even have leg numbness, tingling or weakness. If sciatica isn’t treated, it can hinder mobility altogether. How Physical Therapy Can Help with Sciatica If you’re experiencing sciatica, contact our office. 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 by carefully introducing exercises and manual therapy. Physical therapists can also refer you to a physician if your problem is more serious. These treatments, hand picked by medical professionals, can completely eliminate sciatica over time. If you’re experiencing back pain, don’t wait. Call one of our professionals today, and ask about physical therapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can absolutely be healed. 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

If you’ve experienced back pain, and even leg pain, you might have a deeper issue. Your minor aches and pinched nerves could be symptomatic of deeper issues. You might be facing sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it’s entirely curable. Inside, we’ll cover sciatica back pain. What Is Sciatica? Sciatica is pain that radiates alongside the sciatic nerve. This nerve, which branches from your lower back — spanning across your hips, buttocks and legs — can be injured or stressed in several ways. Mayo Clinic has pinpointed the most common cause of sciatica-related pain: inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated. While sciatica pain can be intense, it can be treated. Many sciatica cases in fact, can be resolved without an operation-and in a few weeks. Even if your sciatica includes numbness or minor leg weakness there is still hope for recovery. Progressive leg weakness or bowel and bladder changes indicate a more severe issue that requires a consultation with your physician. What Causes Sciatica? In most cases, sciatica occurs when one of the back’s disks is herniated. It can also happen if the spine narrows — an effect called spinal stenosis. 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.

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A 30 Second Self-Test For Sciatica

• Do you have back pain or leg pain while standing or walking? • Do you have a shooting pain in your leg when you stand up? • Do you need to sit down for a minute for the pain to go away?

30 SECOND SELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA 1. Sitting on a chair, look down. 2. Straighten one leg, with toes in the air. 3. Repeat for the other side.

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. Call us to schedule an appointment...MSR can help you relieve your Sciatica pain.

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

Healthy Recipe: Honey Garlic Shrimp

INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup honey • 1/4 cup soy sauce (reduced sodium) • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic • 1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Loosens Lower Back

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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.

1. Whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger (if using) together in a medium bowl. 2. Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag orTupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, or up to 8-12 hours. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3. (Time-saving tip: while the shrimp is marinating, steam broccoli and microwave some quick brown rice). 3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet. Discard used marinade. Cook shrimp on one side until pink— about 45 seconds—then flip shrimp over. Pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about 1 minute more. 4. Serve!

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FM DENTAL GROUP

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PHONE: (703) 566-1121 PHONE: (703) 566-2047 FAX: (571) 319-0953

FERNANDO A. MARAVI D.D.S.

Dr. Maravi earned his dental degree from San Luis Gonzaga University in Ica, Peru. He later received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from New York University, College of Dentistry, where he also served as Associate Professor in the undergraduate program. After graduation, he obtained his Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. He has recently returned to the US from Germany after working since 1999 in a well-known private practice in Berlin. While in Germany, he also taught at the Free University Berlin School of Dental Medicine as an Associate Professor. He recently completed four years active duty in the U.S. Air Force, deploying to Afghanistan and Mali and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. “Dr Shakya was able to help me for my shoulder, ankle, elbow and low back issues, improving my proper work office ergonomics, making my practice more efficient and healthy. I have referred many of my patients to him for Physical Therapy treatments and I believe Physical Therapy is a part of the comprehensive dental treatment plan.” - Dr. Fernando Maravi

Away from the office he enjoys running marathons, classical music and traveling to new and adventurous places.

Dr. Maravi speaks four languages including German, Italian, English and Spanish.

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