MarathonPT: Sciatica & Back Pain Cost Relief

Marathon Monthly March 2020 Physical Therapy

RELIEVE YOUR PAIN & INFLAMMATION WITH A SIMPLE NUTRITIOUS DIET

Is your daily life limited by chronic pain and inflammation? While this isn’t an uncommon occurrence, it is avoidable in many cases. Maintaining a nutritious diet can become an important part of any physical therapy regimen, especially if you are experiencing chronic pain. Everything you consume works to fuel your body, so eating the right foods can aid in a quicker recovery from painful conditions. By exercising regularly, managing your stress, and eating nutritious meals, you can help significantly reduce the pain and inflammation you are feeling.To learn more about how our physical therapists can help you manage your nutrition, contact Marathon Physical Therapy today to schedule a consultation. Why am I experiencing inflammation? Your immunesystemcannaturally respond to injury, ailment, or other harm through inflammation. If you have an infection, wound, tissue damage, or buildup of toxins in your body, the immune response is triggered to deal with it. Without inflammation, injuries wouldn’t be able to heal; however, if this process goes on for too long, chronic inflammation can occur.This can lead to serious health conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, or even some cancers. If you experience persistent pain, it is wise to contact a physical therapist as soon as possible, as it may mean that the inflammation has become chronic. Traditionally, chronic inflammation has been treated through strict rest and medication. However, a lack of exercise can actually make inflammation worse, as it constricts joints and causes muscles to stiffen. Additionally, medications come with a whole slew of side effects, some of which can be dangerous and/or habit-forming. Luckily, pain and inflammation can be treated in much easier and healthier ways, including diet. How can nutrition help reduce my pain and inflammation? Nutritionists have had patients report great success in turning around their symptoms by adopting an anti-inflammatory diet. Inflammation is your body’s way of trying to heal, which can be accelerated through a nutritional diet that complements the removal of toxins. This includes: 1. Adding in more veggies! Raw broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage are the best options when sustaining an anti-inflammatory diet.They can be cooked if you prefer, but raw vegetables are generally better for speeding up the inflammation process. You’ll want to eat up to nine servings per day, and you can substitute fruits for a couple of those servings to break it up, if it becomes too much. Otherwise, the timeless saying “eat your veggies” is key. 2. Trying your best to avoid red meat altogether. It is best to avoid red meat while participating in an anti-inflammatory diet. If this proves difficult, red meat is

okay in small doses; however, it should be an extremely rare treat in your diet.The proteins in redmeat requireextrawork from your kidneys toprocess, so itwill slow down the healing process if you eat a lot of it. One small piece of steak, one time per week, should be your maximum limit. Luckily, chicken and fish are just fine for an anti-inflammatory diet. Enjoy them with all of those servings of vegetables! 3. Reducing your grain and dairy intake. In order to strengthen your body’s immune response, you’ll want to avoid simple carbs and sugars. Unfortunately, that means no donuts, no pastries, and no white breads. Dairy products should also be extremely limited, so very little cheese or milk with anything. Whole grains, such as barley, oats, brown rice, and wheat are best. What else can I do? By maintaining a nutritious dietary plan with the help of a physical therapist, you should quickly begin to notice a decrease in your pain and inflammation symptoms. In addition to this, you can also help manage your pain and inflammation through: • Daily exercise: Exercise will keep the muscles warm, which can alleviate pain or stiffness, and stop the inflammation from becoming worse. • Stress management: If you’re feeling mentally stressed, your body can become physicallystressed -causingmore inflammationanda longer recovery rate.Taking time to relax can actually allow you to heal quicker! • Weight loss: If you have some unwanted weight, getting down to your ideal body weight will help with your pain and inflammation. Schedule your consultation with Marathon Physical Therapy today to discuss nutrition plans with one of our licensed physical therapists and gain additional advice on other ways you can help manage your pain!

Sources: https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/can-diet-heal-chronic-pain https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/ss/slideshow-foods-fight-pain

TOP NUTRITIOUS FOODS TO RELIEVE PAIN 1. Ginger 2. Blueberries 3. Pumpkin Seeds 4. Salmon 5. Turmeric 6. Tart Cherries 7. Virgin Olive Oil 8. Chili Peppers

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Tips For Sciatica Relief

There are some tips you can follow to relieve your sciatica pain on your own. These can be done before coming in for treatments, or in tandem with your physical therapy treatments: • Performing gentle stretching exercises. • Avoiding prolonged sitting. Make sure to get up every 30 minutes and change positions frequently. • Putting a pillow behind your knees when sleeping on your back or between your knees when sleeping on your side. • Using your legs to bend down when picking up objects off the floor, rather than using your back. • Alternating ice and heat on the buttock to reduce inflammation. • Asking your doctor about coming to physical therapy, or giving us a call. How successful is physical therapy for back pain? A study found in the medical journal SPINE proves both the physical and monetary benefits to treating back pain and sciatica with physical therapy. It demonstrates that when doctors refer their patients for physical therapy treatments early on in the diagnosis, their patients have shown significant improvement and lowered treatment costs. In this study, patients saved an average of $2736.36 for their low back pain treatment simply by being referred to a physical therapist in the beginning. If you are suffering with back pain or sciatica, consult with your doctor about physical therapy treatments, or contact our office to learn more about how you could benefit. At Marathon Physical Therapy, we aim for speedy and effective recoveries at low costs. Don’t live with back pain any longer – stand taller with physical therapy.

Source: Primary Care Referral of Patients With Low Back Pain to Physical Therapy: Impact on Future Health Care Utilization and Costs Fritz, Julie M. PT, PhD, ATC*; Childs, John D. PT,

PhD†; Wainner, Robert S. PT, PhD‡; Flynn, Timothy W. PT, PhD§ Spine: 01 December 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 25 - p 2114–2121

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Patient Success Story

It’s Time For A Free Laser Session Are you experiencing a new pain that you’d like us to examine FOR FREE before it gets worse?

“From theday IbeganPhysicalTherapy,all thepain inmybodywasdrastically reduced. I’m so happy to be under the care of Marathon Physical Therapy and appreciate all your hard work. And this is true not only for me but for the many friends and family members that come here and get the same pain relief. The staff is also very pleasant, very compassionate, and God bless all of you.” - Sharafat S. (Great Neck Resident) “All The Pain In My Body Was Drastically Reduced!”

Negin is administering Laser Treatment to a patient’s left knee and lower leg which will help lessen inflammation, improve flexibility at the knee, and also REDUCE pain. You get your car inspected every year, shouldn’t you do the same with your joints?

Healthy Recipe White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp white chocolate chips • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries • 1 cup almond milk/milk of choice • 1/2 cup ice • Fresh raspberries for garnish (optional)

Why You Need To Come In For Another Check-Up:

� Move without pain � Bend & move freely � Balance confidently & securely

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle

DIRECTIONS In a small microwave safe bowl, heat white chocolate chips about 30 seconds and stir until smooth and melted through. Set aside to cool slightly. Add all ingredients, including melted chocolate, to a blender (or bullet, food processor, etc). Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with fresh berries. Enjoy! https://livelytable.com/white-chocolate-raspberry-valentines-smoothie/

Take Care Of Your Aches & Pains Before It’s Too Late!

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STRUGGLING WITH BACK PAIN OR SCIATICA? Did you know that over 80% of people across the world will suffer an episode of back pain at some point in their lifetime? If you are suffering from back pain or sciatica, you know how hindering it can be. With chronic back pain, radiating leg pain, or stinging sensations across the sciatic nerve, it can be difficult to live your life to the fullest. If you find yourself in pain when bending down, standing up, or lifting objects, it’s time to see a physical therapist. At Marathon Physical Therapy, we are fully equipped to treat any back pain you may be experiencing. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out more about how our services can benefit you! The differences between back pain and sciatica: It can be difficult sometimes to determine the differences between general back pain and sciatica. Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is caused by a compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body – it is approximately 2 centimeters wide, extending all the way down your back, your buttocks, underneath the piriformis muscle, and to the backs of your legs and your feet. It is made up of several nerves that exit your lower back from the lumbar and sacral levels (L4-S3), transmitting sensation and muscle control. Common culprits of sciatica development include weakness in the gluteal muscles or tightness in the piriformis muscle, as they can compress and irritate the sciatic nerve. Common sciatica symptoms: The sciatica symptoms reported from patients tend to vary. Some may experience a deep ache in the buttocks,

while others experience a severe pain radiating down one of their legs. It is also possible to feel a tingling or numbness in the back of the leg, calf, or foot. If left too long without proper treatment, irritation can become more severe and affect the strength of your leg muscles. Common sciatica treatment: The safest, easiest, and most effective mode of sciatica treatment is through physical therapy. Physical therapy examines the root cause of pressure on the nerve and works to quickly alleviate that pressure. Our licensed physical therapists will analyze the movements of the muscles surrounding the sciatic nerve, in addition to the back and hip joints. They will design an individualized treatment plan based on the specific needs of each patient, in order to strengthen the affected muscles, improve joint flexibility, and prevent problems from occurring again in the future. For more information on how to gain relief from pain, contact Marathon Physical Therapy today!

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