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


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



• Tips for Sciatica Relief • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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 Eastern Shore PT, 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! TheDifferenceBetweenBackPain&Sciatica: Itcanbedifficultsometimes to determine the differences between general back pain and sciatica. 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 lumbar and sacral levels (L4-S3), transmitting sensation and muscle control. Common culprits of sciatica development

include weakness in the gluteal muscles or tightness in the piriformis muscle, as they can compress and irritate the sciatic nerve.

Common Sciatica Symptoms: The sciatica symptoms reported from patients 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 treatment plan based on the specific needs of each patient, in order to strengthen the affected muscles, improve joint flexibility, and prevent problems from occurring again in the future.



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 to treating back pain and sciatica with physical therapy. It demonstrates that when doctors refer their patients for physical therapy treatments early 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 physical therapist in the beginning.

If you are suffering with back pain or sciatica, consult with your docto about physical therapy treatments, or contact our office to learn more abou how you could benefit. Eastern Shore PT, we aim for speedy and effectiv recoveries at low costs. Don’t live with back pain any longer – stand talle with physical therapy.


Beef & Butternut Chili Eating Right Never Tasted So Good!

• 1 tsp dried oregano • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

INGREDIENTS • Cooking spray • 1 tbsp canola oil • 1 1/2 lbs boneless chuck roast • 3/4 tsp salt • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper • 2 tbsp tomato paste • 1 tbsp minced fresh garlic • 2 tsp diced jalapeño pepper • 2/3 cup dry red wine • 1 1/2 tsp ground ancho chile pepper

• 1/4 tsp ground coriander • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon • 1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes, chopped • 1 (15-oz) can no-salt, kidney beans • 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed butternut squash • 1 cup chopped carrot • 6 tbsp reduced-fat sour cream • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves

INSTRUCTIONS Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 teaspoon oil; swirl. Sprinkle beef with salt. Add beef to pan; sauté 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove beef. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan. Add onion and bell pepper;sauté3minutes.Add tomatopaste,garlic,and jalapeño;sauté2minutes,stirringconstantly.Addwine;

bring to a boil, scraping pan. Cook 2 minutes. Return beef to pan. Stir in ancho chile pepper and the next 7 ingredients (throughkidneybeans),andbring toaboil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer gently for 1 hour. Add butternut squash and 1 cup carrot, and simmer for 1 hour or until beef is tender. Ladle 1 1/3 cups chili into each of 6 bowls, and top each with 1 tablespoon sour cream and 1 teaspoon cilantro.

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Sue Whittington with Tim Thomas, PT.

Staff Success Spotlight

I have been receiving physical therapy for back pain at Eastern Shore PT for the last 5 weeks. I am writing to say how much I appreciate the warm and professional atmosphere that is provided.The staff works well with each other and with all clients. I have been to other therapy offices and I can say that I know the quality of care that is provided at Eastern Shore PT and it is the best! It starts with Martin, you can tell he loves his work and is so willing to share information and help others regain quality of life through physical therapy. HIs Saturday workshops are very informational and well worth attending. Everyone who has worked with me, has helped me to recover physically, and has helped to improve my spirit as well. From the ladies at the front desk, to Tim, Lauren, Mark, David, and the rest of the staff, the atmosphere is one of caring and sincerity. I am grateful and appreciate all the help that I have received. I will highly recommend Eastern Shore PT to others. I wish you all the best and continued success in your business of helping other people. Sincerely, Sue Whittington “The atmosphere is one of caring and sincerity.”

At Eastern Shore Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Eastern Shore Physical Therapy 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 custom recovery program

Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

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

By request, we’re hosting a Arthritis Pain Workshop at Eastern Shore Physical Therapy

Helps With Back Pain


If you’re confused about what to do and looking for answers, here’s some of what you’ll learn: Saturday, January 11th at 10AM

REPEAT TRUNK FLEXION | TO FLOOR Sit in a chair with good posture. Hands on thighs. Let your trunk sag toward the floor use your arms to control the movement. Let your arms dangle to the floor. Now use your arms to push yourself up.

• The #1 Single Biggest Mistake patients with arthritis pain make which actually stops them from improvement in relief… • A sure-fire way to pick the right treatment for the cause of your arthritis pain (and save you a ton of time & money).

Call To Reserve Your Spot! 410.641.2900 • What successful treatment and permanent relief looks like without the side effects of medications, injections or surgery.



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