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The Axcess Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Aaron Fuerst PT, DPT, CWCE, FAAOMPT

“If you have pain, you shouldn’t ignore it. We can help you feel better fast!”

Stand Taller With Physical Therapy

Didyouknow thatover80%ofpeopleacross theworldwillsufferanepisode 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 liveyour life to thefullest. Ifyoufindyourself inpainwhenbending down, standing up, or lifting objects, it’s time to see a physical therapist. At Axcess Physical Therapy, 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! The differences between back pain and sciatica: It can be difficult sometimes to determine the differences between general back pain and sciatica. Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is caused by a compressionor irritationof thesciaticnerve.Yoursciaticnerve is the largest nerve inyourbody– it isapproximately2centimeterswide,extendingall 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 exityour lowerback from the lumbarandsacral 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: Thesafest,easiest,andmosteffectivemode ofsciatica treatment is throughphysical therapy.Physical therapyexamines 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.Theywilldesignan individualizedtreatmentplanbasedonthespecific needsofeachpatient, inorder tostrengthen theaffectedmuscles, improve joint flexibility, and prevent problems from occurring again in the future.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”-Oprah Winfrey

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