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Start Off Your New Year Free From Sciatica Pain
Self-Test For Sciatica A simple 30-second test to see if you might have sciatica
Exercise Essentials Try this exercise to relieve your sciatica pain!
Seasonal Recipe Try this recipe to spice up your holiday affair!
Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R
Start Off Your New Year Free From Sciatica Pain
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 Causes Back Pain? 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 orstressed in severalways.The most common cause ofsciatica-related pain is inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated. While sciatica pain can be intense, it is treatable.A lot of sciatica cases, infact,canberesolvedwithoutoperation—andwithin justafewweeks. Even if you’ve suffered severe sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope. Back Pain Solutions 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.
What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica? Sciatica backpain is normallynoticed asapain radiating fromthe lower back. Often, this pain extends to the buttock, spiraling down the leg and extending to the calf. Ifyou’re suffering from sciatica,youmight feel the discomfort anywhere along this nerve pathway. The pain itself can be dull, aching or even sharp. In some cases, the compressed nerve mayfeel like it burns. In othercases, the compressed nerve may simply issue a sharp jolt of pain. Some people experiencing sciatica may experience leg numbness, tingling orweakness. If sciatica isn’t treated, it can hinder mobility altogether.
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Physical Therapy For Sciatica
If you’re experiencing sciatica, contact a physician or physical therapist immediately. Medical News Today asserts that over-the- counterpainkillers mayalleviate 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 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.
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. Follow these steps:
What it means: If the leg with pain, numbness or tinglingdoesnotgoupashighas the other leg,you likelyhavesciatica.Your nextstep istoseewhat iscausingthe pressure on your sciatic nerve.
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Saturday, January 11, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm Find out if you shoulder pain can be resolved with Physical Therapy! Find out how Musculoskeletal Ultrasound can show details inside your shoulder!
SWAN DIVE Lay on stomach with your arms overhead. Press your chest upwards, keeping the muscles in your trunk and legs relaxed. Repeat 6 times.
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Tips For Making New Year’s Resolutions 1.ConsiderYourIntentions. Themostcommonresolutionsareto loseweight,spend lessmoney, andgetorganized.Buthonoringthepersonalmeaningbehindanactionhelpsusmaintainourresolve. 2.FocusonProcess,NotResults. Don’tfocusonaresult–Intenselyfocusingonresultsparadoxically makesus less likelytoachievethem. Insteadoffocusingon losingweight,tryfocusingongoingfor walksoreatinghealthysaladsforlunch—youwillprobablyendup losingsomeweight intheprocess. 3. Consider Resolution Alternatives. If the pressure of New Year’s Resolutions is too much, consider a few alternative ways to set your intentions for the upcoming year, such as making a “VisionBoard” ofcompiles imagesthatrepresentNewYeargoals,orchoosinga“WordoftheYear” to guide your choices and actions. Ultimately, NewYear’s Resolutions are about growth and improvement.They are about bringing healthand joyandease intoour lives.Withmindfulnesswecanbringawarenesstoourhabitsand hold ourselves with compassion and kindness as we seek meaningful transformation.
We havemany things forwhich to be thankful… We support Edmond Bulldog wrestling, cheer, sports, and families! A Year In Review! • We participated in Love OKC, providing free PhysicalTherapy services inAugust. We sponsored the Jedi Fun 5K in OKC in October. We sponsored the Run forRehab in OKC in October. We’re hosting a canned food drive forRoute 66 Food Pantry in Edmond in December! David Sirleaf passed his Physical TherapyAssistant Board in May! Jeff Courciercompleted his E.M.G. Fellowshipwith Hands on Diagnostics, N.Y. We have added treatment tables and friendlystaff to continue to provide qualitycare in 2020! • • • • • • •
“I am thrilled to have found you!” “It is with a renewed spirit and painless body that I writetothankyou forallyourhelp.Afterspendingthe past several years in other physical therapy clinics, I am thrilled to have found you. Your individual approach, personal attention, and spirited attitude have renewed my faith and my belief that I CAN live life without pain in my neck and back. As a dental hygienist, being more aware of my posture has enabled me to be better at my job, too.” - Tracey Patient Success Story
Seasonal Recipe Brown Butter Pumpkin Cookies
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3/4 cup brown sugar
1 eggyolk, (at room temperature)
1 cup unsalted butter
2 tsp purevanilla extract 1 cup pumpkin puree
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2 cups old-fashioned oats 1 and 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice* 1 cup granulated sugar
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1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3Tbsp milk 1/4 tspvanilla
Directions Inaskillet,meltandbrown1stickofbutterovermediumheatforabout5-8min.Removefromheatand letcoolfor 5 min.While cooling,whisk oats, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium bowl.Preheatovento350˚Fand linetwobakingsheetswithparchmentpaper.Setaside.Pour3/4cupofthecooled brownbutter intoa largebowlandwhisk ingranulatedsugarandbrownsugaruntilcombined.Whisk ineggyolk andvanillaextract,andthenpumpkinpuree untilcombined.Mix indry ingredients intothewet ingredientsuntil combined.Useamediumscooptoplaceballsofcookiedoughontothetwobakingsheets3 inapartfromeachother. Bake for 14-15 minutes until lightly browned, then let cool for 10 minutes. For Icing: Blend remaining 1/4 cup of brownedbutterwith theremaining ingredientsuntilsmooth, then icecooledcookiesbeforeserving. Courtesy of: sallysbakingaddiction.com/brown-butter-pumpkin-oatmeal-cookies/
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