Marathon PT-October is Physical Therapy Month

Seek Physical Therapy First! Treat Nagging Lower Back and Sciatica Pain For Good, Without Medications and Injections Bad Habits Can Increase Your Pain

Some seemingly harmless habits can also contribute to the irritation of the sciatic nerve. A frequent bad habit is crossing of the legs for extended periods, which puts pressure on the nerve. In addition, sitting for long periods is bad for your spine. It is possible for you to prevent or relieve sciatica simply by improving your posture. Physical Therapy Relieves Sciatica The specialists at Marathon Physical Therapy play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our physical therapists are spine experts with years of training to evaluate yourbackproblem,finding the rootcauseofyoursciatica.An individualized treatment plan is created to guide you through the recovery process and maximize your success. Whencoming toMarathonPhysicalTherapy,our friendlyandknowledgeable therapists spend timewith you. We train you on specific and easy exercises that will relieve the pain in your back and legs. In addition, our specialized hands-on therapy helps to gently loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine and legs. Your pain is quickly relieved and your flexibility restored, so you can feel like yourself again. Our cutting-edge treatments are doctor recommended and are specifically designed for you to reach your healthcare goals.

Knowing all this should give you a headstart in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall. Journalofneurosurgery:SpineFeb,2005Volume2,Number2.AaronG.Filler,M.D.,Ph.D.,JodeanHaynes,B.A.,Sheldon E.Jordan,M.D.,JoshuaPrager,M.D.,J.PabloVillablanca,M.D.,KeyvanFarahani,Ph.D.,DuncanQ.Mcbride,M.D.,Jay S.Tsuruda,M.D.,BrannonMorisoli,B.A.,UlrichBatzdorf,M.D.,andJ.PatrickJohnson,M.D.

Fall Recipe

30 Second Self-Test for Sciatica

Ingredients • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef • 1 onion, chopped • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 2 (16-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained • 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon pepper • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

1. While sitting on a chair, look down. 2. Straighten one leg, with toes in the air. 3. Repeat for the other side.

What it means: If your leg (the one with pain, numbness, or tingling) does not go up as high as your other leg, OR thepaingetsworse,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.

Tasty Chili

Instructions Step 1

Cookfirst4 ingredients ina largeskilletovermedium-highheat, stirringuntil beef crumbles and is no longer pink;drain.Placemixture in 5-quart slow cooker;stir in beansand remaining ingredients.CookatHIGH3 to4hoursoratLOW5 to6hours. Step 2 Notes: Ifyouwant to thicken thissaucychili,stir infinelycrushedsaltinecrackers until the desired thickness is achieved.


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