N E W S L E T T E R
FREEDOM FROM SCIATICA PAIN GET A HEAD START TOWARD
A 30-Second Self-Test for Sciatica • Patient Success Spotlight Exercise Essentials • Meet the Team: Ian Tracy
N E W S L E T T E R
FREEDOM GET A HEAD START TOWARD FROM SCIATICA PAIN
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 justa fewweeks.Even ifyou’vesufferedsevere sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope.
jolt of pain. Some people experiencing sciatica may experience leg numbness, tingling or weakness. Ifsciatica isn’t treated, itcanhinder 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 professionals, can completely eliminate sciatica over time. If you’re experiencing back pain, don’t wait. Call our Parkcenter and West State professionals today at 208-344-2525 and ask about our physical therapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can be healed.
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
TA K E C H A R G E O F Y O U R S C I AT I C A PA I N : C A L L T O S C H E D U L E Y O U R A P P O I N T M E N T T O D AY !
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. Your next step is to see what is causing the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Call us today at 208-344-2525 to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help you relieve your Sciatica pain.
OUR SERV I CES • ASTYM • Custom Orthotics • Electrical Stimulation • Ergonomic Training • Functional Manual Reaction • Functional Training/ AFS • Manual Therapy • Myofascial Release • Therapeutic Exercise • Ultrasound • Vestibular Therapy
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
• Helps alleviate pain through a targeted massage by relieving tension within muscles affected by stiffness or tightness. • Works to loosen up the constricted muscles, thus allowing for easier, pain-free movement. WHAT CAN IT TREAT? • Myofascial Release’s most commonly treated condition, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, affects many of the muscles. Other common conditions include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Headaches/ Migraines, Venous Insufficiency, or other injuries that have caused tension.
HEALTHY REC I PE
SUMMERTIME STRAWBERRY & BANANA POPSICLES Grab some sun while eating this cool-down snack!
• 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt • 1/2 cup milk • sugar to taste (optional: let the fruit do the work instead!)
Ingredients • 1 pound strawberries, washed and stems removed • 1 large ripe banana
PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P O T L I G H T
Directions Add thestrawberries,banana,milk,andyogurt to thebowlofa foodprocessor orblenderandblenduntilsmooth.Tasteandaddsugar ifneeded,depending on theripenessofyour fruitandyour tastepreferences.Pour the liquid into popsicle molds (or even paper cups), insert the handles, and freeze until firm, generally overnight. Enjoy frozen the next day.
“After getting in a car accident on March 28th, I tired everything to get rid of my back pain. From chiropractic to massage to physical therapy. Just 3 weeks in with Tony and I am completely pain free! I can now enjoy my yoga practice and exercise, thank you!” - A. M.
Recipe Courtesy of Melissa @ www.blessthismessplease.com
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 frommoving. Next, perform the same exercise with your other leg. Repeat 10 times. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE
ME E T THE T EAM IAN TRACY, DPT
Ian was raised in Boise, Idaho and attended the University of Idaho where he received a bachelor’s degree in WildlifeResources in2011.Forthenext3 years,hecoachedbasketballand taught P.E.andscienceclassesbeforereturning toschoolattheUniversityofNevada,Las Vegas.Hereceivedhisdoctoratedegree inphysical therapy there in2017before joining Rebound Physical Therapy later
that year. Since then, he has been trained in a variety of manual therapy and functionalmovementcourses inorder toservehispatientswell. Ian and his wife, Melody, have been married for 5 years and enjoy exploring the Idaho outdoors with their little girl, Jovi, and their dog, Jolene. Key Stats & Knowledge • Received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada • Has training in a variety of Manual Therapy and Functional Movements • Graduated from the University of Idaho in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Resources • Has experience coaching basketball and teaching P.E. and Science classes
Alwaysconsultyourphysical therapistorphysicianbefore starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
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