Farmingdale PT_Sciatica:Back Pain


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.

HAWAIIAN QUESADILLAS Eating Right never Tasted So Good!

Ingredients • 1 8-inch whole wheat flour tortilla or 1 8-inch high fiber tortilla • 3 oz of ham, cooked and diced

• 2 tablespoons of pineapple salsa scallions (optional) • 1 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese • Cooking Spray

Directions Turn the burner on to medium high heat. Spray a non stick skillet with cooking spray. Place the tortilla over on the skillet. On one side of the tortilla lay the diced ham, 2 tablespoons of pineapple salsa, and cheese on top. Scallions are optional if you want them inside. Fold the other side down and cook the tortilla on each side until the outside is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Serve with a brown rice, black bean, and pineapple salsa medley.

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