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STOP SCIATICA IN ITS TRACKS!
SELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA Use this simple 30-second test to see if you have sciatica.
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P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y N E W S L E T T E R
STOP SCIATICA IN ITS TRACKS!
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 just a few weeks. Even if you’ve suffered severe sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope. 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? 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 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 jolt of pain. Some people experiencing sciatica may experience leg numbness, tingling or weakness. If sciatica isn’t treated, it can hinder mobility altogether.
If you’re suffering from sciatica pain, call Bullhead Physical Therapy at 928.704.2194 for more information or to schedule your consultation!
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SELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA
What it means: 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. 1. Sitting on a chair, look down. 2. Straighten one leg, with toes in the air. 3. Repeat for the other side. Follow these steps:
H O W P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y C A N H E L P
If you’re experiencing sciatica, contact your physical therapist 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 one of our professionals today, and ask about physical therapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can be healed.
Visit bullheadphysicaltherapy.com for more information, or call your physical therapist at Bullhead Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!
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
WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING!
Perform This Exercise To Relieve Sciatica Pain In Minutes!
“I’m getting myself back to feeling normal!” “I want to thank all the staff for my therapy treatment and for helpingme to get back onmy feet and healing. Thank God for Dr. Nayer for referring me. I’ve been suffering from a lot of medical issuesandpullingmuscles inmybackandbuttocks,whichaffected my legs and my ability to walk normally. The staff is friendly and helps me with exercises, heat treatment, and massage. I’m gettingmyselfbacktofeelingnormal,and Icontinueathomewith stretches and exercises. I appreciate everyone there for taking their time and effort to heal their patients.” - Gerry K.
FOUR POINT TRUNK FLEXION & EXTENSION Start on hands and knees. Arch your back up to the ceiling as high as you comfortably can, and hold. Then, arch your back the opposite direction as low as you comfortably can, and hold. Repeat 6 times.
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WH A T ’ S H A P P E N I N G A T B U L L H E A D P T !
Bullhead Physical Therapy is participating in Tri-State Youth’s Internship & Leadership program this summer! It will be a learning endeavor for one of our youth in the community, as well as our staff to work side by side with an intern in a live environment. They will receive hands-on practice as well as be taught techniques which will help further their involvement and interest in the medical field. Tri-State Youth’s vision is to develop a highly involved community support system to inspire young adults, to enhance professional experiences, to cultivate tomorrow’s business leaders for a lasting change, and to impact and strengthen the community. Their Leadership & Internship program matches applicants ages 16-25 with an internship in the local community. Intern positions include:
• Law & Public Safety • Business Administration
• Medical Facilities • Construction Trades • Emergency Services • Law & Public Services
• Clerical • Culinary • Automotive • Dental Offices
Applications for this program will be open from February 25 - March 31. For more information about Tri-State Youth, visit www.tsyil.org or follow them on facebook at @TriStateYouthInternshipAndLeadership.
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BLACKENED CHICKEN WITH AVOCADO SAUCE
• 4 (4 oz) chicken breasts • 2 tbsp blackened seasoning • ½ cup plain, Greek yogurt • ½ avocado • 1 tsp lemon juice • ½ tsp garlic powder • ⅛ tsp salt • 2 tbsp green onions, thinly sliced
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Place the chicken breasts and blackened seasoning in a large resealable bag. Seal and shake a few times to evenly coat the chicken. Lightly coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side. Meanwhile, in a foodprocessor,combine theyogurt,avocado, lemon juice,garlicpowder,and saltandpulseuntilsmoothandcreamy.Toserve, topeachchickenbreastwith 2 tbsp of the creamy avocado sauce and garnish with ½ tbsp green onions.
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