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Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


Inside: • Bring in the New Season Without Back Pain • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight

gluteal muscles or tightness in the piriformis muscle, as they can compress and irritate the sciatic nerve. Common sciatica symptoms. Thesciaticasymptoms reported frompatients tend to vary. Some may experience a deep ache in the buttocks, while others experience a severe pain radiating down one of their legs. It is also possible to feel a tingling or numbness in the back of the leg, calf, or foot. If left too long without proper treatment, irritation can become more severe and affect the strength of your leg muscles. Common sciatica treatment. The safest, easiest, and most effective mode of sciatica treatment is through physical therapy. Physical therapy examines the root cause of pressure on the nerve and works to quickly alleviate that pressure. Our licensed physical therapists will analyze the movements of the muscles surrounding the sciatic nerve, in addition to the back and hip joints. They will design an individualized treatmentplanbasedon thespecificneeds of each patient, in order to strengthen the affected muscles, improve joint flexibility, and prevent problems from occurring again in the future. Contact us to schedule an appointment for back pain relief today!

Did you know that over 80% of people across the world will suffer an episode of back pain at some point in their lifetime? If you are suffering from back pain or sciatica, you know how hindering it can be. With chronic back pain, radiating leg pain, or stinging sensations across the sciatic nerve, it can be difficult to live your life to the fullest. If you find yourself in pain when bending down, standing up, or lifting objects, it’s time to see a physical therapist. At Total Care Physical Therapy, we are fully equipped to treat any back pain you may be experiencing. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out more about how our services can benefit you! Thedifferencesbetweenbackpainandsciatica. Itcanbedifficultsometimes todetermine thedifferencesbetweengeneralbackpainandsciatica.Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is caused by a compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body – it is approximately 2 centimeters wide, extending all the way down your back, your buttocks, underneath the piriformis muscle, and to the backs of your legs and your feet. It is made up of several nerves that exit your lower back from the lumbarandsacral levels (L4-S3), transmittingsensationandmuscle control. Common culprits of sciatica development include weakness in the


There are some tips you can follow to relieve your sciatica pain on your own. These can be done before coming in for treatments, or in tandem with your physical therapy treatments: • Performing gentle stretching exercises. • Avoiding prolonged sitting. Make sure to get up every 30 minutes and change positions frequently. • Putting a pillow behind your knees when sleeping on your back or between your knees when sleeping on your side. • Using your legs to bend down when picking up objects off the floor, rather than using your back. • Alternating ice and heat on the buttock to reduce inflammation. • Asking your doctor about coming to physical therapy, or giving us a call. How successful is physical therapy for back pain? A study found in the medical journal SPINE proves both the physical and monetary benefits oftreating back pain and sciatica with physical therapy. It demonstrates thatwhendoctorsrefertheirpatientsforphysicaltherapytreatmentsearly on in the diagnosis, their patients have shown significant improvement and lowered treatment costs. In this study, patients saved an average of $2736.36 for their low back pain treatment simply by being referred to a physical therapist in the beginning. If you are suffering with back pain or sciatica, consult with your doctor about physical therapy treatments, or contact our office to learn more about how you could benefit. At Total Care Physical Therapy, we aim for speedy and effective recoveries at low costs. Don’t live with back pain any longer – stand taller with physical therapy.

Source: Primary Care Referral of Patients With Low Back Pain to Physical Therapy: Impact on Future Health Care Utilization and Costs Fritz, Julie M. PT, PhD, ATC*; Childs, John D. PT, PhD†; Wainner, Robert S. PT, PhD‡; Flynn, Timothy W. PT, PhD§ Spine: 01 December 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 25 - p 2114–2121

Healthy Recipe

Creamy Cucumber, Radish &Tomato Chopped Salad

INGREDIENTS • ½ cup mayonnaise • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish

• 1 tablespoon lemon juice • ¼ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper • 1 large English cucumber, diced • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered • 1 bunch radishes, diced • ½ medium red onion, finely diced

DIRECTIONS Whisk mayonnaise, feta, chives, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add cucumber, tomatoes, radishes and onion and toss to coat. Garnish with more chives and dill, if desired.

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At Total Care Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring, health experts during focused and individualized sessions. 1. CALL AND TALK TO YOUR THERAPIST 2. DISCOVER WHY YOUR PAIN HAS COME BACK 3. GET YOUR CUSTOM RECOVERY PROGRAM FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

“I had a fabulous experience with Total Care. The entire staff is very friendly, and Tom has helped me regain full mobility in my arm. With determination and hard work, along with Tom’s encouragement and expertise, you can achieve the best possible results atTotal Care. I would highly recommend them to any of my family and friends.” - Karen F. Helped me regain full mobility in my arm!

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Exercise Essentials Try this stretch if you are experiencing pain.

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PRONE ON ELBOWS Lie on your stomach, hands beside your shoulders. Push with your arms up on to your elbows. Hold for 10 counts then return to start position. Repeat 8 times.

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