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INSIDE: Get a Head Start Towards Freedom From Sciatica • A 30-Second Self- Test for Sciatica • Meet Our Team: Jarrett Buscholl • Can’t Touch Your Toes? Schedule a Movement Screening • What Patients Are Saying

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FREEDOM FROM SCIATICA GET A HEAD START TOWARDS

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.

weakness. Ifsciatica isn’t treated, itcanhinder mobility altogether. How Physiotherapy Can Help with Sciatica If you’re experiencing sciatica, contact a physician immediately. Over-the-counter painkillers may alleviate pain, but in-depth physiotherapy is often needed. Physiotherapy 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. Contact us today at (204) 774-9903 or visit us at southsherbrook.com. 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 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? 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 compressed nerve may simply issue a sharp jolt of pain. Some people experiencing sciatica may experience leg numbness, tingling or

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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. Call (204) 774-9903 and find out how South Sherbrook Therapy can help you be free of your pain.

MEET OUR TEAM: JARRETT BUSCHOLL MPT, B. KIN Jarrett graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Physical Therapy, following the completion of a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. Jarretthasexposureworkingwithadiverseclientele inawidevarietyofclinicalsettings includingstroke rehabilitation,cardiology,andhospitalrehabilitation after totalhipandkneereplacementsurgeries.He is a certified Level 1 Orthopaedic Physiotherapist through theOrthopaedicDivisionand looks forward to continuing to improve as a clinician through additional courses and certifications.

strivestorestoreoptimalfunctioning,decreasepain, and improve the client’s health and wellbeing by utilizingexercise,education,andhands-onmanual therapy. Education: • University of Manitoba: Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology • University of Manitoba: Master of Physical Therapy Specialty Training: • Certified Level 1 Orthopaedic Physiotherapist • Experienced inplanningsport-specificprograms and training for athletes of all levels

Jarrett has a strong background in athletics and has experience planning sport-specific programs and training for athletes of all levels. He provides an individualizedtreatmentapproachthat istailored specifically to the client’s needs and goals. Jarrett

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OUR SERVICES

• Nutritional Counseling • Orthotics • Therapeutic Exercise • Ultrasound • Fitness Centre • 1:1 Personal Training • Boot Camps

• Physiotherapy • Athletic Therapy • Ergonomic Training • IASTM • Kinesio Taping • Laser Therapy • Manual Therapy • Massage Therapy • Myofasical Release

Do you think it’s because of your tight hamstrings? Spinal Forward Flexion or the “toe touch” is a simple yet effective test that therapists use to assess one’s overall range of motion of the spine but some may not know that there are a few factors that lead to a successful toe touch. Often it can be tight hamstrings (muscles in the back of your thigh that run past your knee) or any tight structure on the back side of your body such as low back and calf muscles. It can also be from lack of core muscle activation/ coordination or motor control issues in the front of your hips. At SST, we can perform a Movement Screening to help address such issues and see what is the cause of your lack of forward flexion.

Find the cause of your lack of forward flexion: Call us today at (204) 774-9903 to schedule a Movement Screening!

WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING

Keep up with your physiotherapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain. Call South Sherbrook Therapy for an injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love. HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK? 1 2 3

Excellent experience at South Sherbrook.

Mark was thorough and knowledgeable in diagnosing issues with my back. I’m feeling better every day and have the stretches and exercises to keep feeling healthy. I’llberecommending to friends and family.”

- C. S. via Google Reviews

EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE

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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.

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