ParamountPerformanceRehab: Sciatica & Back Pain

Health & Wellness Newsletter

2019

NEWSLETTER

DISCOVER HOW TO BEAT SCIATICA

INSIDE: • Back Pain & Sciatica • How Physical Therapy Can Help • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

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2019

Health & Wellness Newsletter

NEWSLETTER

If you’ve experiences back pain, and even leg pain, you might have a deeper issue.Yourminorachesandpinchednerves couldbesymptomaticof sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it’s entirely curable. What Is Sciatica? 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 or stressed in several ways. Mayo Clinic has pinpointed the most common cause of sciatica-related pain: inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated. While sciatica pain can be great, it can be treated. A lot of sciatica cases, in fact, can be resolved without operation — and in a few weeks. Even if you’ve suffered severe sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope. What Causes Sciatica? In most cases, sciatica occurs when one of the back’s disks is herniated. It BACK PAIN & SCIATICA

can also happen if the spine narrows — an effect called spinal stenosis. 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 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. Whether you have hurt your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Paramount Performance Rehab can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 617-641-6700 today!

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HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP

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. Do you experience pain with any of the following tasks: 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? Try this 30 Second Self-Test to see if you might have Sciatica: 1. 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 the 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 today to schedule an appointment. Paramount Performance and Rehab can help you relieve your Sciatica pain. Sources:https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/what-is-sciatica#1 https://www.medicinenet.com/sciatica/article.htm https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/symptoms-causes/syc-20377435 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/7619.php

A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. If you’re experiencing sciatica, contact a physician immediately. Medical News Today asserts that over-the-counter painkillers may alleviate pain, but in-depth physical therapy is often needed. Physical therapy can reduce sciatica compression by carefully introducing exercises and relaxing treatments.

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STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS

INGREDIENTS • Four medium-sized zucchinis • One 5oz log of goat cheese

• 1-2 cups of marinara sauce • Chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice zucchini lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet. Using 1/2 of the goat cheese, spread small amount into the zucchini and cover with marinara sauce. Drop dots of remaining cheese over the marinara, bake until cheese is soft and marinara is bubbling (about 20 minutes).

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Patient Success Spotlight

DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

“I am finally working out like an athlete again!” “Before I began working out at Paramount Performance and Rehab, I felt like I had exhausted all of my options and had completely lost hope for myself. As a former collegiate basketball player, I loved working out and had plenty of motivation. However, eating and dieting has always been a struggle for me and has always been a huge obstacle in my life. Since quitting basketball, my mental state has not been the same; I missed the competitiveness of the game and team dynamics. After only two short weeks of training with Jenny, I noticed a huge difference in the way body looks, the amount of energy I have, and my overall mood is more positive. Every time I step into the gym I know I will be pushed, but at Paramount Performance and Rehab I am treated and finally working out like an athlete again. They encourage me to fuel my body by eating foods in their most natural form. I can honestly say I am done dieting and now even more empowered to exercise self control because of my hard work in the gym and the amazing results I’ve had thus far.” - Leah R.

At Paramount Performance Rehab, you will receive hands- on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to go to Paramount Performance Rehab if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your individualized recovery program

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this exercise to help maintain a healthy back and spine

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SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH Lie on your back and bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor. Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg.

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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