Life Is So Much Easier Without Sciatica Or Back Pain

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“Why Are You Waiting For Your Pain To Worsen Before Seeking Treatment? ” Life Is So Much Easier Without Sciatica Or Back Pain

Do you experience pain in the lowback, buttocks, thigh or leg? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common, painful condition where the sciatic nerve becomes irritated in the lower portion of the spine. Sciatica can be caused by herniated lumbar discs, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, lumbar spinal stenosis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction or piriformis syndrome. All of these different ailments can lead to irritation of the sciatic nerve, causing numbness, tingling and pain into the hip, buttock and along the path of the nerve descending into the thigh, lower leg and foot. If you are suffering from sciatic nerve pain it is important to find the root cause of your symptoms. Different types of testing, such as MRI’s or CT Scans attempt to find the origin of the pain but do not always lead to the correct diagnosis. In addition, severe tightness or macrotrauma to the piriformis muscle is commonly missed on these scans. Why does Sciatica Occur? Sciatica can be caused by degenerative changes to the spine, trauma to the low back or buttocks, prolonged improper posture and bodymechanics or pelvic misalignment.

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“ What Will Physical Therapy Do For My Back Pain?” Physical Therapy Relieves Sciatica

Physical therapists play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica as well as other common back problems. At South Toledo PT, our physical therapists have extensive training and experience in evaluating and diagnosing back issues which allows us to quickly find the root cause of your sciatica or other back ailments. When coming to South Toledo Physical Therapy, our friendly and knowledgeable therapists will provide extensive one-on-one care with each individual patient. We will teach you proper stretching techniques and will also train you in proper bodymechanics andmovement patterns. In addition, our specialized hands-onmanual therapy will help loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine, hips and legs. At South Toledo Physical Therapy we utilize technology such as our Kennedy Spinal Decompression table to help relieve and eliminate low back and and sciatica pain. Spinal decompression Therapy (using the Kennedy Neuroflex Table) is a safe, non-surgical treatment that gently lengthens and stretches the spine. By slowly putting tension on the spine and then releasing it, spinal decompression creates negative disc pressure, like a vacuum, which can relieve pinched nerves and rehydrate bulging discs and move themback into place. Spinal Decompression Therapy has been very successful in relieving pain

associated with sciatica, bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, pinched nerves and other problems related to the cervical or lumbar spine. At South Toledo Physical Therapy we will work to quickly relieve your pain and restore your overall flexibility. Our cutting-edge treatments are doctor recommended and are specifically designed for you to reach your healthcare goals.

www.southtoledopt.com STAFF SPOTLIGHT Jon Hegemier, Co-Owner, PT

Jon has over 28 years of Physical Therapy experience. He has worked in the outpatient, skilled nursing, and hospital settings. Jon has been a private practice owner since 2003, founding Peak Physical Therapy in Woodville, Ohio. In 2014, he and his business partner, Aaron Nowakowski, opened South Toledo Physical Therapy. Jon is able to treat any condition requiring Physical Therapy and specializes in both surgical and non-surgical Orthopedic care. He also has extensive experience with treating balance and gait disorders.

Exercise To Relieve Back Pain PRONE ON ELBOWS Lie on your stomach on a firm surface and push up onto your forearms without raising your hips. Repeat this slowly and steadily without straining. Repeat 10 times. You can also use the position shown in the diagram as a static stretch for up to 30 seconds to relieve back pain and stiffness.

I have felt relief in just one or two visits! “South Toledo PT has a very helpful and caring staff. I have received physical therapy for back issues on multiple occasions and with each experience I have felt relief in just one or two visits. Their service was always fast and friendly and I would highly recommend them to anyone!” - E.S.

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