Orthosports PT: Sciatica/Back Pain

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

Getting To Know The Orthosports PT Staff STEPHANIE RADICE, LMT

Born and raised in WNY, Stephanie is a 2012 graduate of the New York Institute of Massage in the top of her class. Seeking a rewarding career with a strong desire to help others, she chose to attend massage school. Stephanie’s healing touch is reflected in her modalities of choice; Myofascial Release style techniques, Reflexology, Energy Therapies with additional training classes in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Releasing the Rotator Cuff, Cupping and Prenatal Massage. Stephanie continues to study both Eastern and Western medicine concepts to better understand all aspects of how the human body functions. She believes that knowledge is what promotes all of us to practice the methods necessary to achieve a healthy lifestyle. With a strong respect of self-awareness, she creates a therapeutic, relaxing environment in which her clients have the ability to experience their own mind and body connection that is the foundation for long lasting treatments and overall general health. Massage sessions are based upon a feedback system, whether spoken or not her sensitivity allows each therapy to be individualized to each person so that every client has control over their own health and wellness. She accepts

Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance clients (based on coverage), BC/BS Wellness Cards, Independent Health Extras Cards and No Fault insurance.

Hear what our patients have to say: “A coworker told me about Stephanie, so glad she did. I had chronic right shoulder pain that would wake me up in the middle of the night. I was taking ibuprofen

regularly. After several therapeutic massages I no longer had the constant pain. Thank you Stephanie and your angel touch.” - Colleen

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Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body STAND UP TO SCIATICA “Continue Your Active Workouts Without Fear Of Pain!”


• Relieve Back Pain Naturally • Theme Of The Month • Underwater Treadmill System • Patient Success Spotlight

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Do you experience pain in the buttock, leg, or even your foot? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers. People frequently have questions about what sciatica is, why it occurs and how to find relief from the intense pain it can cause from the low back down to the feet. If you are suffering from sciatica, it is important to find its root cause. Many people often think an x-ray or expensive MRI is first needed to figure out what is causing pain. Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find its root cause. Recent studies show that nearly 1 million of MRIs done for sciatica fail to find a treatable cause. With a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance neurography, 69% of the patients were found to have a trapped sciatic nerve deep in the buttock by a muscle called the

piriformis. It is known that in about 25% of the generalpopulation, thesciaticnervepierces through the piriformis muscle and can be susceptible to abnormal pressure and irritation. Why Does Sciatica Occur? If there are changes in posture, muscle strength or pelvic alignment, the nerve can be compressed which leads to the quite common low back and sciatic nerve pains. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body. It even reaches down to the foot and therefore, can be irritated anywhere along its path. With sciatica, the consequent ache can be felt anywere from the base of the spine, the buttocks or the back of the thigh and legs. Even tingling sensations in the toes can be attributed at times to the impingement of the sciatic nerve.

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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 Orthosports Physical Therapy play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our physical therapists are medical experts with years of training to evaluate your back problem, finding the root cause of your sciatica. An individualized treatment plan is created to guide you through the recovery process and maximize your success. Whencoming toOrthosportsPhysicalTherapy,ourfriendlyandknowledgeable therapists spend time with 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.

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Patient Success Spotlight


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“I came in to Orthosports with lower back, leg and foot pain. After PT, I no longer have any pain. I now enjoy all the activities that I couldn’t do prior to my problem. Orthosports is a great place to come and includes great people to work with. Thanks to all!” - Daniel L. I no longer have any pain!








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

Low back stretch


INGREDIENTS • 1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle apple cider • 3 cinnamon sticks

SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST 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.

• 1 teaspoon whole allspice • 1 teaspoon whole cloves • 1/3 cup brown sugar

DIRECTIONS In a slow cooker, combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and add to pot. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and keep warm.

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Attention Pain Sufferers


On January 27th Free Workshop

Here’s some of what you’ll learn: ü The single BIGGEST #1 MISTAKE Low Back Pain & Sciatica sufferers make which actually stops them from healing ü The 3 MOST COMMON CAUSES of Low Back Pain & Sciatica ü What successful treatment and permanent relief looks like without the side effects of medications, injections or surgery We are hosting a FREE Lower Back Pain & Sciatica Workshop at our Amherst clinic, January 27th, 10:30am to 11:30am!

• Do you suffer with back pain or sciatica? • Do you experience pain, numbness or tingling when you stand or walk? • Do you suffer from a past injury? • Do you have pain when you walk for long periods or drive? • Are you afraid your pain will get worse if you don’t do anything about it? If you have answered YES to any of the above questions (or have a stubborn spouse who is in denial) the Lower Back Pain & Sciatica Workshop may be a life changing event for you… Lower Back Pain & Sciatica can completely ruin your life… I’ve seen it many times. ü It can take your focus away from enjoying your life… like spending time with your children or grandchildren ü It can mess up your work or force you to do a job you don’t want to do ü It can ruin your travel plans

Appointments are free but limited; there are only 15 spots available.

Don’t delay, register today by calling now!

Reserve your spot today and learn how to take care of your lower back pain and sciatica!

AMHERST 3970 Harlem Rd Amherst, NY 14226 P : (716) 839-3705 F : (716) 839-2347 www.orthosportspt.com

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