Fit PT: Effective Ways to Beat Sciatica and Back Pain

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FEBRUARY 2019 BEAT SCIATICA & BACK PAIN THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO

Whether it’s a sudden, shooting pain down your leg or a persistent ache in your lower back, sciatica can seriously impact your daily life. While medications, injections and even surgery sometimes help people with sciatic nerve pain, physical therapy is the most effective and least invasive way to eradicate the problem. (continued inside)

INSIDE : • Beat Your Sciatica & Back Pain • Consider Physical Therapy First

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Physical therapy is invaluable for easing sciatic pain. Its effectiveness stems from the multi-faceted approach your therapist will take in order to reduce the pressure on the nerve. Improving your strength and the flexibility in your hip area can do much to decrease the pressure on your sciatic nerve, which in turn will relieve the pain you feel. The muscle and ligament structure of your hips tend to tighten if you spend too much time sitting. That causes your spine to take on the strain, often leading to sciatic nerve impingement. INSIDE : • Consider Physical Therapy First • Staff Spotlight BEAT YOUR SCIATICA & BACK PAIN THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO (continued from outside)

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To combat this undue pressure, physical therapists work to increase hip mobility by helping you stretch your hip abductors and flexors. This opens up the pathway, which your sciatic nerve runs, so that the nerve is freed from compression. In addition, strengthening hip abductors muscles, as well as building mobility, will enable the muscles and ligaments in your hips to be better aligned. Improved strength in your hip area, allows the effort used in everyday movement to be more evenly distributed, and therefore less apt to result in nerve irritation.

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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. Loosens Lower Back www.simpleset.net Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain. EXERCISE OF THE MONTH

Consider Physical Therapy First

A study published in Spine, a respected medical journal, found that, when started early enough, physical therapy is a very effective treatment for sciatica, and one that is more budget-friendly for the average person. The study found that over a one-year period, people who had taken 10 sessions of physical therapy had better results for their sciatic pain than those who were only given guidelines for treatment. The study’s authors attributed the cost-effectiveness of the physical therapy approach in part to using it as a first line of defense against sciatic pain and back pain. For the many patients for whom physical therapy as the primary treatment was sufficient, there wasn’t a need for expensive tests, such as MRIs, or further invasive procedures. If you’re concerned about shooting pains down one leg, buttock aching or lower back pain and numbness -- or any combination of sharp and dull aching anywhere along the sciatic nerve -- contact us right away for a consultation. We’ll work with your doctor to address the specific problems contributing to the ongoing impingement of your sciatic nerve, while also striving to reduce your pain as quickly as possible.

Positive Patient Results

“Trent and Staff were great. My back was out because of arthritis and a couple other things. The thing that impressed me the most, was when Trent went over my back the first time dialed EXACTLY and I mean EXACTLY, without a x ray or anything and said, I can tell this is where your pain is stemming from. Almost like touching the tip of a pin exactly point to point with another tip of a pin. After that I was a trusting believer in the input and direction that I received from him. People must remember that it is not a miracle cure and each person must take responsibility to do their exercises and rehabilitation program that is designed for them by FIT PT. I submit that if a person puts in the time, does the work consistently, and follows their rehabilitation program, there is light at the end of what is usually a very tricky and troublesome tunnel. AND, they have great senses of humor that makes it a fun placed to do some otherwise un-fun work, Go FIT PT!” - TW

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Roquefort Pear Salad HEALTHY RECIPE

Low Back Pain & Sciatica Workshops

Learn the most effective conservative way to manage or eliminate low back pain and sciatica and decrease or eliminate the need for medication, injections or surgery.

INGREDIENTS • 1 head leaf lettuce, torn • 3 pears • 5 ounces Roquefort cheese • 1 avocado • 1/2 cup sliced green onions • 1/4 cup white sugar • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard • 1 clove garlic, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 cup pecans • 1/3 cup olive oil

COME LEARN: 1. The biggest mistake low back pain suffers make 2. Three most common causes for low back pain 3. Three strategies to eliminate back pain for good. AT OUR MESQUITE CLINIC 340 Falcon Ridge Pkwy. #500 702-346-3105 FEBRUARY 27, 2019 @ 5:30 PM FEBRUARY 20, 2019 @ 5:30 PM AT OUR ST. GEORGE CORAL DESERT BUILDING (3RD FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM) 1490 E. Foremaster Dr. 435-652-4455

INSTRUCTIONS In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado, and green onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.

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Trent graduated from Southern Utah University in 2011 with a degree in Athletic Training. There he worked extensively with college athletes and became a Nationally Licensed Athletic Trainer. Wanting to expand his skills to general rehabilitation, he went to physical therapy school in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Rocky Mountain University in 2015 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Trent loves helping his patients overcome pain and TRENTON LAIRD, PT, DPT

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injury and helping them return and excel at things not possible before therapy. Trent brings expertise in athletic training, sports medicine and physical therapy to St. George. Education: • Southern Utah University, BS Athletic Training, ’11 • Rocky Mountain University, DPT, ’15 • Licensed Athletic Trainer, ’11

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