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• A 30 Second Self-Test For Sciatica • Strengthen Your Mind

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How Physical Therapy can help with Sciatica? The therapists at Austin Physical Therapy are specifically trained to identify these common patterns, and create a customized program to address the specific activities you need to restore your movement options, decompress areas under too much pressure, and ultimately address the underlying cause of your pain. This includes a head to toe approach, appreciating how the body functions together rather than just addressing the local symptoms. If you are experiencing sciatica, contact your physician to discuss a referral for a physical therapy evaluation or call to schedule a Free consultation. Utilizing pain relievers, anti- inflammatories, or topical treatments can be a helpful to decrease immediate symptoms, but if the underlying causes are not addressed, symptoms may return. https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/what-is-sciatica#1 - https://www.medicinenet.com/sciatica/article.htm - https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ sciatica/symptoms-causes/syc-20377435 - https://www. medicalnewstoday.com/articles/7619.php

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 deeper issues. You could be dealing with sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it is entirely curable. What is Sciatica? Sciatica is pain that radiates along 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. Sciatica normally occurs when there is inflammation and compression along the nerve, typically near the spine. This can be due to a herniated disc, narrowing of the spine, or increased muscle tension. While pain from sciatica can be great, it is treatable. Most cases can be successfully resolved without surgery. Even if you’ve suffered severe symptoms of pain, leg weakness or nerve issues, there is still hope. What are the symptoms of Sciatica? Sciatica back pain is normally noticed as pain radiating from the low back. Often, this pain can extend down to the buttocks, and spirals

down the leg. You may feel discomfort anywhere along this path. Pain can be described as dull, aching, sharp, or even burning. Some people may experience leg numbness, tingling and even weakness. If left untreated, it can reduce mobility, strength, ability to be comfortable during the day, and affect sleep at night. What causes Sciatica? We as humans are designed with natural asymmetries in our bodies. These are normal, but in many cases become too pronounced. This causes us to get “stuck” in some common patterns. For example, most people tend to stand with their hips and low back shifted to the right, and their upper body rotated back to the left. This causes abnormal stresses and strains on the spine, muscles and soft tissues. Over time this contributes to excess compression and stress which can result in disc bulge/herniation, narrowing of the spaces in your spine, or overly activated muscles. These things cause inflammation and compression to the sciatic nerve, creating painful symptoms.

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A 30 Second Self-Test For Sciatica • Do you have back pain or leg pain while standing or walking? • 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?

30 SECOND SELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA 1. Sitting on a chair, look down. 2. Straighten one leg, with toes in the air. 3. Repeat for the other side.

What it means: If the leg with pain, numbness or tingling does not go up as high as the other leg, you likely have Sciatica. Your next step is to see what is causing the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Call us to schedule an appointment... Austin Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab can help you relieve your Sciatica pain.

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