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MAKING MOVES TO UNDERSTAND SCIATICA ALSO INSIDE: A 30-Second Self-Test for Sciatica

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If you’ve experienced back pain, and even leg pain, you might have a deeper issue. Your minor aches and pinched nerves could be symptomatic of 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. The most common cause of sciatica-related pain is inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated. While sciatica pain can be intense, it is treatable. A lot of sciatica cases, in fact, can be resolved without operation — and within just a few weeks. Even if you’ve suffered severe sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope.

If sciatica isn’t treated, it can hinder mobility altogether. HowPhysical Therapy Can Help with Sciatica 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. These treatments, hand-picked by professionals, can completely eliminate sciatica over time. If you’re experiencing back pain, don’t wait. Call our professionals (Sugar Land: 281- 325-0188, Rosenberg: 281-239-3838), and ask about our physical therapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can be healed. Sources: webmd.com/back-pain/what-is-sciatica#1 • medicinenet.com/sciatica/article.htm • mayoclinic. org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/symptoms-causes/syc- 20377435 • medicalnewstoday.com/articles/7619.php

What Causes Sciatica? In most cases, sciatica occurs when one of the back’s discs are herniated. It can also happen if the spine narrows — an effect called spinal stenosis. As we age, our backs undergo a lotofstress.Thisstress takesa 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? Sciaticabackpain isnormallynoticedasapain radiating from the lower back. Often, this pain extends to the buttock, spiraling down the leg and extending to the calf. If you’re suffering from sciatica, you might feel the discomfort anywhere along this nerve pathway. The pain itself can be dull, aching or even sharp. In some cases, the compressed nerve may feel like it burns. In other cases, the compressednervemaysimply issueasharp jolt ofpain.Somepeopleexperiencingsciaticamay experiencelegnumbness,tinglingorweakness.

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Do you have back pain or leg pain with standing or walking? A 30-SECOND SELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA 1. Sit on a chair and keep good posture. 2 . Straighten one of your legs out in front of you, while pointing your toes to the sky. Pay attention to how high your leg can go and if you have any pain, numbness, or tingling. 3. Place your leg back down to resting position, and repeat the same movement with the opposite leg. 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?

Take this 30-second self- test to see if you might have sciatica:

What Your Results Mean: If the leg with pain, numbness or tingling does not go up as high as the other leg, you likely have Sciatica. Give us a call today (Sugar Land: 281- 325-0188, Rosenberg: 281-239-3838) and find out how we can help.

FREE BACK PAIN & SCIATICA WORKSHOP January 28th | 6:00pm 5765 Reading Rd Rosenberg, TX 77471

SUCCESS STORIES What Our Patients Have to Say

I went to First Colony Aquatic and Rehabilitation Center for eight

weeks of physical therapy for lower back pain. Not only did my sessions eliminate my back pain (and teach me some exercises to get in better shape), but the staff (and especially my therapist, Tyler) were personable, approachable, easy to work with andmade a process I had doubts about something that I looked forward to each week. If you need any kind of physical therapy, I highly recommend them! ” – J. F.

•Doyousufferwithnagging lowbackpainorsciatica? • Isyourpainkeepingyou fromyour favoriteactivities? • Are you tired of using medications or injections to treat your symptoms? At our Back PainWorkshop you will learn: • The 3 most Common Causes of Low Back Pain and Sciatica • Why the findings on your MRI may have NOTHING todowithwhyyouarehavingBackPainorSciatica. • 3 strategies to reduce Back Pain and get back to normal naturally.

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Brace Marching While lying on your back with your knees bent, tighten your stomach by drawing in your belly button close to your spine. Slowly raise up one foot a few inches and then set it back down, and continue as if marching for two minutes. Try not to move your pelvis or back while moving your legs. Drawing in your stomach helps to keep your spine from moving. Next, perform the same exercise with your other leg. Repeat 10 times. EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Use This Exercise to Strengthen Your Core

STAFF SPOTLIGHT Sean Hayes, PT

Sean graduated from The Ohio State University in 1996 with a B.S. in physical therapy. He treats many different orthopedic diagnoses as well as those suffering with Parkinson’s. He has mentored every therapist the clinic has hired since 2005.

In 2004, Sean became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has attended many manual therapy courses since then and is now also a certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment practitioner. In his free time, Sean likes to travel, attend college football games, coach kids sports, and put on events for the staff of FCAR. We can help you get your life back. Call us today (Sugar Land: 281-325-0188, Rosenberg: 281-239-3838) to schedule an appointment with Sean or one of our other physical therapy specialists.

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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DIRECT ACCESS WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Physical Therapy is Easier to Get Than You Think! • A physician referral no longer needed for 10 business days,

GROCERY SHOPPING FOR HEALTHY OPTIONS

drinkableandsingle-servetubeyogurts,and pre-portionedcheeses. Ifyouenjoyhigher- fat cheeses, just keep your portions small. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, where fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, and fish are usually located. Avoidthecenteraisleswherejunkfoodslurk. Choose“real”foods, suchas100%fruitjuice or 100% whole-grain items with as little processingandasfewadditivesaspossible. Ifyouwantmoresaltorsugar,addityourself. Plan ahead for success. Before you set out forthemarket,planyourmealsfortheweek, and create a list to shop from.

Spendthemosttime intheproducesection. Choose a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables. The colors reflect the different vitamin,mineral,andphytonutrientcontent of each fruit or vegetable. Meat,fish,andpoultry: Twoservingsoffish arerecommendedaweek.Besuretochoose leancutsofmeat(likeround,topsirloin,and tenderloin), opt for skinless poultry, and watch your portion sizes. Dairyfoodsareanexcellentsourceofbone- building calcium and vitamin D. There are plentyof low-fatandnonfatoptions tohelp you get three servings a day, including

• Therapy may begin with a full evaluation by a licenced physical therapist. • When a physician refers you to therapy, you ALWAYS have the right to CHOOSE where to be seen.

whether you want a check-up, suffered a recent injury, or if you want to improve your overall health and wellness.

Don’t let your pain hold you back. Call us today or visit our website at SugarLandPT.com.

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