Edge Rehab: Back Pain & Sciatica

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MATT MARCHMAN, PT, MSPT GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM Matthew is a physical therapist and attended North Georgia College & State University to receive his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Matthew has had extensive continuing education in manual physical therapy

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and enjoys treating all orthopedic conditions. He is very active in outside activities including skiing, snowboarding, golfing and mountain biking. His weekends are filled with spending time with the family in the Colorado sunshine!


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Live Life Pain Free


Whether you have hurt your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Edge Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today:

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 might be facing sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it’s entirely curable. Below, we’ll cover sciatica back pain. 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. Mayo Clinic has pinpointed the most common cause of sciatica-related pain: inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated. While sciatica pain can be great, it can be treated. A lot of sciatica cases, in fact, can be resolved without operation — and in a few weeks. Even if you’ve suffered severe sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope.

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What Causes Sciatica? In most cases, sciatica occurs when one of the back’s discs is 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.

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Sciatica back pain is normally noticed as a pain radiating from the lower back. Often, this pain extends to the buttock, spiraling down the leg. If you’re suffering from sciatica, you might feel the discomfort anywhere along this nerve pathway. The pain can even extend to the calf. Thepain itselfcanbedull,achingorevensharp. Insomecases, thecompressed nerve may feel like it burns, causing considerable pain. In other cases, the compressed nerve may simply issue a sharp jolt of pain. Some people experiencing sciatica may even have leg numbness, tingling or weakness. If sciatica isn’t treated, it can hinder mobility altogether. How Physical 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 medical professionals, can completely eliminate sciatica over time. If you’re experiencing back pain, don’t wait. Call one of our professionals today, and ask about physical therapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can absolutely be healed. Sources: 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

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

Apple, Goat Cheese & Pecan Pizza

INGREDIENTS • 1lb six-grain pizza crust • Cooking spray

Strengthens Core


• 3 cups thinly sliced Fuji apple • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice • 1 1/2 tsp honey • 2 cups baby arugula • 3 tbsp chopped pecans, toasted

ABDOMINAL BRACING Lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on floor. Place your hands on the front of your pelvis and contract your deep core. Straighten one knee. Return foot to the starting position. Alternate legs one at a time. Repeat 10 times on both sides.

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 450°. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Arrange apple slices evenly over pizza crust; top with cheese. Sprinkle thyme evenly over cheese. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Combine oil and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle pecans evenly over pizza; top with arugula mixture. Cut pizza into 6 wedges.

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Patient Success Spotlight

AtEdgePhysicalTherapy,youwill receivehands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Edge 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

“More than willing to help!” “Edge has provided us with varied workouts over the past ten years. Continuous exercise has helped us feel better about ourselves and has kept us in physical condition. This enables us to complete daily tasks at home (be it work or hobbies). Edge has enabled us to meet many people and make new friends.The family-like atmosphere is what we most appreciate about Edge. The owners and therapists care about their wellness and therapy clients in that they are more than willing to help and give suggestions to members as needed.” - Carol & Wes P.



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