Don't Let Sciatica Distract Life Accomplishments

A 30 Second Self-Test For Sciatica • Do you have back pain or leg pain with standing or walking? • Do you have a shooting pain in your leg when you stand up? • Do you need to sit down for a minute for the pain to go away? 30 SECOND 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.

IS BACK PAIN RUINING YOUR GOLF GAME? You can get rid of back pain and improve your golf game with physical therapy! For an avid golfer, there is nothing more debilitating than back pain. From a minor tweak in the lower back on the tenth hole tee off to the persistent pain in the shoulders that keeps them from teeing off at all, once a golfer begins to feel discomfort they know they are headed toward hanging up the clubs permanently. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. Targeted physical therapy can not only relieve pain, it can strengthen a golfer’s core and improve their flexibility, thus improving their overall game. 1. Physical therapy can get you back on the links If you have avoided a tee time because of back pain, or in anticipation of back pain, physical therapy can get you back on the course. For many people, back pain is not something that is isolated to muscle weakness in the back. Rather, back pain is a manifestation of overall core weakness. Physical therapy targets not only the injured area in the back, but the muscles that are causing improper posture, a poor swing, and resulting back pain. Once these areas are addressed, many golfers find that they are able to return to the green, pain free. 2. Physical therapy can get you through the back nine. Even if a back injury isn’t keeping you from golfing altogether, physical therapy can help you get through the back nine without pain. While many people only associate PT with injury, physical therapists are also trained to help patients avoid injury and address problem areas before an injury occurs. Targeted exercises on the back, core and legs can improve muscle endurance and lessen fatigue making it possible to improve your game on the back nine. 3. Physical therapy improves your flexibility and mobility. Why visit a physical therapist when you are stiff but not in pain? Because physical therapists are experts in improving flexibility and mobility. Imagine being able to drive farther and follow through better without any stiffness the next day. Mobility, range of motion, and strengthening exercises as prescribed by a physical therapist improve flexibility throughout the body, leaving you refreshed the day after 18 holes instead of regretting them.

What it means: If your leg with pain, numbness or tingling does not go up as high as the other leg, you likely have Sciatica. Your next step is to see what is causing the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Call us to schedule an appointment...we can help you with that. CALL TODAY! 901-850-5246 While physical therapy alone will not give you a spot on the PGA tour, it can certainly get you back on the links, improve your game, and help you do what you love, pain free.

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