WAPT_Sciatica : Back Pain


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STANDUP TO SCIATICA Do you experience pain in the buttock, leg, or even your foot? If so, youmay be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers. People frequently have questions about what sciatica is, why it occurs and how to find relief from the intense pain it can cause from the low back down to the feet. If you are suffering from sciatica, it is important to find its root cause. Why Does Sciatica Occur? If there are changes in posture,musclestrengthor pelvicalignment,thenerve can be compressed which leads to the quite common low back and sciatic nerve pains. “Enjoy The SeasonWithout Fear Of Pain!”

Manypeopleoftenthinkanx-rayorexpensiveMRI isfirstneeded to figure out what is causing pain. Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find its root cause. Recent studies show that nearly 1million of MRIs done for sciatica fail to find a treatable cause.Withanew imagingtechniquecalledmagneticresonance neurography,69%ofthepatientswerefoundtohaveatrapped sciaticnervedeep inthebuttockbyamusclecalledthepiriformis. It is known that in about 25% of the general population, the sciatic nerve pierces through the piriformis muscle and can be susceptible to abnormal pressure and irritation. TRADITIONS

The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body. It even reaches down to the foot and therefore, can be irritated anywherealong itspath.Withsciatica,theconsequentachecan befeltanywherefromthebaseofthespine,thebuttocksorthe backofthethighand legs.Eventinglingsensations inthetoescan be attributed at times to the impingement of the sciatic nerve.


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Bad Habits Can Increase Your Pain Someseeminglyharmlesshabitscanalsocontributetothe irritation of the sciatic nerve. A frequent bad habit is crossing of the legs for extended periods, which puts pressure on the nerve. In addition, sitting for long periods is bad for your spine. It is possible for you to prevent or relieve sciatica simply by improving your posture. Physical Therapy Relieves Sciatica ThespecialistsatWAPTplayacrucialrole inevaluatingandtreating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our physical therapists are medical experts with years of training to evaluate your back problem, finding the root cause of your sciatica. An individualized treatment plan is created to guide you through the recovery process and maximize your success. WhencomingtoWAPT,ourfriendlyandknowledgeabletherapists spendtimewithyou.Wetrainyouonspecificandeasyexercisesthat willrelievethepain inyourbackand legs.Inaddition,ourspecialized hands-on therapy helps to gently loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine and legs. Your pain is quickly relieved and your flexibility restored, so you canfeel likeyourselfagain.Ourcutting-edgetreatmentsaredoctor recommended and are specifically designed for you to reach your healthcare goals.

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Knowing all this should give you a head start in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall.


Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Ingredients • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/2 cup butter, softened

• 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread • 1/2 cup sugar • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 1 egg • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl combine the butter, chocolatehazelnutspread,sugar,andbrownsugar.Usinganelectricmixer,creamthe ingredients together, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth, about1minute.Usingawoodenspoonorrubberspatula,stir intheflourmixtureuntil just combined. Add the hazelnuts and stir until just combined. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, spacing the mounds about 4 inches apart. Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookie dough. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool.



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“My son was in his second year at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis when he suffered a major shoulder injury while representing Navy in a downhill ski race. His shoulder was dislocated, several muscles torn, multiple labral tears, and he had axillary nerve damage. The injury required a very complicated surgery. He is also a competitive swimmer, so his doctor took us aside and told us he did not think our son would be able to swim again and would likely miss the next competition ski season. Our son was also at risk of not being physically fit to be commissioned as a naval officer. He started PT at the Naval Academy then came home for leave. This is where the excellent team at Washington Physical Therapy stepped in. They took the time to thoroughly evaluate our son’s injury, review the care plan he had been given, and progress that plan as well as adding in additional therapies that proved to be very beneficial. The WAPT team are experts in treatment and—just as importantly—make each patient feel like they are the most important person under their care. The end result is that our son had a complete recovery, is back swimming, back to competitive skiing, and is currently trying out to be a Navy Seal. Our family owes the WAPT team a huge thank you. Thank you!” - Leslie

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2 Special Offers Only for Former and Current PT Patients To Celebrate the Holidays we are offering free screens to current and former patients. Back sore from putting up the lights? Are your knees getting sore from walking the mall? Do your feet get sore from standing and making all those holiday cookies? Don’t ignore your aches and pains Your body is telling you something important.

For a limited time we are offering FREE SCREENS for any injury, ache, or pain that youmay be feeling. Make a resolution to take care of your body and get back to feeling normal again! The biggest mistake people ever make is to ignore a problem. Don’t wait! Give yourself the gift of feeling better this holiday season. Let us help you feel better and make 2018 your best year ever! PS – We have only 10 spots set aside for free screens before the end of the year and 10 spots in January. Call 425-820-2110 TODAY PPS – You may share this offer with 1 friend or family member.


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WAPT is pleased to offer the revolutionary Deep Tissue Laser Therapy in our clinic. We are the proud owners of a Class IV Deep Tissue Laser. This is a state of art laser designed to promote healing, decrease pain, improve circulation, and decrease swelling. • Ever wonder how the Seahawks seem to recover faster from an injury? • Are you tired or afraid of taking medications for pain and swelling? • Have you given up on your chronic pain and feel that there is nothing anyone can do for you? If this sounds like you, then give us a call at 425-820-2110 and schedule a free trial of the Deep Tissue Laser. We are seeing amazing results with our patients and want to share their success with you. The laser uses concentrated light to promote tissue healing, decrease pain, and improve circulation all without medications and 100% naturally. It simply amplifies your body’s own healing response for up to 18 hours after application. Completely natural pain relief and healing, without medication is now a real possibility!! Not sure? Visit our webpage for more information: www.WAPTrehab.com P.S. – We only have 5 spots for laser trials set aside every week through January. Priority is given to current and former patients, but you can share this offer with a friend or family member. P.P.S. – For you curious types, the laser is based on a Nobel Prize winning idea called Photobiomodulation. Read more about it on our webpage. www.WAPTrehab.com

“The Deep Tissue Laser has played a significant role in healingmy elbow tendinitis. My elbow feels immediately better after treatment, with improved motion and decreased pain. Adding the laser to regular physical therapy exercise has allowed me heal and strengthen my elbow while continuing to teach my group fitness classes. A definite bonus not to miss any more work.” - Elizabeth

“I have arthritis in my thumb that has been a chronic problem for years. One very painful day, Mike used the laser on it and I experienced immediate relief that lasted for several days. Truly amazing!” – Jane


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