Partners In Therapy: Sciatica & Back Pain




Michaella was born and raised in Lake Charles, La. As a home town girl, she graduated

Therapy and develop specialty practice in the following areas: pediatrics, cancer care, swelling and lymphedema, and orthopedic injuries. Michaella is one of our Physical Therapists that volunteers her time to present at our free community low back pain workshops. One of our favorite patient comments about Michaella is that, “She takes the time to sit down and explain things to you and that means so much to me”. Contact Michaella at michaella@partnersinpt. com for more information.

fromMcNeese University earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in exercise science. While at McNeese she was a student athletic trainer for four years working with a variety of athletes and coaches. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston with a Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Michaella returned to Lake Charles after graduation to bementored at Partners in Physical


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• Pediatrics • Women’s Health • Wellness and Fitness • Pilates • Weight management • Mental health • Stress management



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 the matter. You might be facing sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it’s entirely curable. Below, we’ll cover sciatica back pain. What Is Sciatica? The technical name for sciatica is “lumbar radiculopathy.” Sciatica is a specific type of back pain, and it is usually reported as being extremely uncomfortable. Fortunately, it is also usually very simple to diagnose. People with sciatica experience pain along their sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. The sciatic nerve begins at your lower back and then splits at the base of your spine, extending down to your buttocks, legs, and finally to the bottom of each foot. The sciatic nerve can become “pinched,” which in turn causes a “stinging,” “burning” or “shooting” sensation in your lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet. STAND UP TO SCIATICA & BACK PAIN INSIDE: • Stand Up To Sciatica & Back Pain • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Seasonal Recipe • What Are The Symptoms Of Sciatica?

Whether you have hurt your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Partners In Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 337-439-3344 today!

What Causes Sciatica? There are several reasons why sciatica may occur.Those who develop this condition are typically between 30 and 50 years of age. There are many different types of injuries that can cause the development of sciatica, such as bone spurs, arthritis, or any other injury that impacts the sciatic nerve. Common injuries resulting in sciatica include harsh falls, sports- related collisions, or anything that occurs gradually over time through repetition, overuse, or general “wear and tear.” Sciatica can also develop as a result of a herniated disc or from a condition known as spinal stenosis, where the spine narrows and compresses the nerves.

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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 your physician or physical therapist immediately. Medical NewsToday asserts that over-the-counter painkillers may alleviate pain, but in-depth physical therapy is often needed. Physical therapycan reducesciaticacompressionbycarefully introducingexercises and relaxing treatments. These treatments, hand picked by medical professionals, can completely eliminate sciatica over time. If you are experiencing sciatica, you can call one of our professionals today and ask about physical therapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can absolutely be healed. Sources:

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INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 lbs skinless chicken breasts, cooked & shredded • 8 cups fat-free chicken stock • 2 packet Ideal Protein Pancake Mix • 3 cups celery root, in small cubes

• 2 cups spinach • 1 1/2 cups green onion, chopped

• 1 cup leek, chopped • 5 tbsp garlic, minced • 3 tbsp cilantro, chopped • 3 tbsp chives, chopped

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slowly cook green onions, leek and garlic in olive oil. Add celery root. Add spices, sauce and stock. Cook on low for 45 minutes. Prepare four 8” diameter pancakes adding 1 tablespoon of cilantro. Cut into strips and place on baking sheet. Brush lightly with oil and bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Just before serving, add chicken, sprinkle soup with pancake strips and remaining cilantro. Try this recipe and many others as a part of our medically developed ketogenic weight loss and weight management protocol at Partners. Losing weight can be a challenge, but the process of weight loss is simple. The Ideal Protein Ketogenic Weight Loss Protocol is a medically developed 4 phase protocol containing 2 key components – weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education so that you are empowered to sustain your weight loss results over your life course.

Patient Success Spotlight



APRIL 13TH Partners In Physical Therapy will present the Low Back Pain Workshop will be held Thursday, April 13th at our clinic. Register today! Limited seats available.

“Now I Can Watch a Movie and Sleep Comfortable!” “Before treatment at Partners in Physical Therapy I could not comfortably sit to watch a movie and sleeping was uncomfortable. I had dull, aching pain in my hip and low back. Additionally, there was significant imbalance from side to side in my yoga practice. Now, I can comfortably watch a movie while sitting, am pain free, and the imbalance from side to side is negligible. I am most grateful to Michella and the entire staff at Partners. I think I have worked with just about everyone and they have all contributed to my success.” - Kelley S.

Don’t delay! Register by calling 337-439-3344

If you’re confused about what to do and looking for answers, here’s some of what you’ll learn:

• The Single Biggest #1 Mistake patients with back pain make which actually stops them from improvement in relief… • A way to pick the right treatment for the cause of your back pain (and save you a ton of time & money).

• What successful treatment and permanent relief looks like without the side effects of medications, injections or surgery.

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

Stretches Back

ABDOMINAL BRACING Lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on floor. Place your hands on the front of your pelvis and contract your deep core. Straighten one knee. Return foot to the starting position. Alternate legs one at a time. Repeat 10 times on both sides.

If this exercise does not provide you relief/help, please consider an evaluation to see if we can identify the source of your pain.

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