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Where Is Your Pain Coming From? While some back pain is easy to identify as pain, such as is the case with degenerative disc disease, there are other situations in which the pain may be a bit more complicated to understand. One of the most common back issues experienced in the United States is sciatica pain, and this sort of pain is often a lot more difficult to identify — especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem. Sciatica pain develops in the nerves that connect the lower back to the legs, and so while the pain itself is generated from the back, a lot of time, the experience of the pain is more largely associated with the upper legs. What’s more, sciatica pain doesn’t always develop like pain in the traditional sense. Sciatica pain instead causes a buildup of tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t consistent either. The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times.

How can you tell the difference between back pain and sciatica pain? The answer is that sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg • The pain becomes worse when you are sitting • The leg pain develops more as a burning, tingling or searing sensation, and not as a plain ache • There is a sharp pain that occurs at times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk • The pain is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes

If you are experiencing back pain and you haven’t talked to a medical professional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can cut your time struggling with back pain literally in half. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us. Call us today to learn more about our how to relieve your pain from back pain or sciatica. Source: sciatica/what-you-need-know-about-sciatica

Staff Spotlight: Cole T. Racich, PT, DPT, OCS Patient Quality of Care Supervisor

Try this movement if you are experiencing pain Exercise Essential

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We used to spend Saturday’s providing food and clothing to the homeless in Philly through our church, but the reward (and best gift you can give) is having a solid conversation with someone in need and giving the gift of respect. My greatest skill (past or current)? Handstands The best advice I’ve ever been given? Start each day by making your bed The best birthday I ever had and why? In 2008 my uncle got me and my mom tickets to Game 5 of the Phillies’ World Series Championship three days before my birthday The coolest natural wonder I’ve ever seen? Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef while living in Australia The one item I would take to the desert island? A surfboard. I’ll be good, no need to rescue me The most fun road trip I’ve ever taken, where and with whom? My wife and I spent three days driving between Umbria and Tuscany in Italy visiting different hill towns and wineries

Kneel on knees with buttock touching heels. Hands and forearms on the ground in front of you. Push up to lift your chest and upper back only.

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