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STRUGGLING WITH SCIATICA PAIN? FEEL BETTER WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

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STRUGGLING WITH SCIATICA PAIN? FEEL BETTER WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

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? A 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. How Physical Therapy Can Help with Sciatica Ifyou’reexperiencingsciatica,contactaphysician 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.Calloneofourprofessionals today,andaskaboutphysical therapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can be healed.

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JONATHAN GOODMAN CLINIC MANAGER (GOLD’S CLINIC), DPT Jon grew up in Salem, Utah. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science at Brigham Young University and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Utah. He is also bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. Jon is passionate about treating concussion, neck and sport injuries, along with general orthopedic injuries. Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, and getting outdoors at any chance he gets.

EMG measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest during contraction. Nerves control the muscle in the body by electrical signals (impulses), and these impulses cause muscles to react in specific ways. If you’re suffering from back pain, neck pain, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, weakness in legs, arms, or hands, ask if EMG/NCS is right for you. Ultrasound offers a number of important advantages in terms of safety and effectiveness. Musculoskeletal ultrasound simply uses sonic waves, and there is no exposure to radiation. Ultrasound is noninvasive and offers real-time imaging. Thisability tocapture themovementofmusculoskeletal components, differentiates it from other imaging modalities, and can permit more accurate diagnoses. We can “see your pain” and help create an effective and individualized plan of care unique to you.

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN BACK MUSCLES

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“I’mverypleasedwith theresultsofphysical therapy after my hip replacement surgery. Once IstartedPT,my improvement inmobility and strength grew every week. The staff at Superior kept me motivated. I am amazed at the difference it made in how I feel and what I could do! Thank you! - J.S.

BRACE MARCHING While lying on your back with your knees bent, slowly raise up one foot a few inches and then set it back down. Next, perform on your other leg. Use your stomach muscles to keep your spine from moving. Repeat 10 times.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY What Can Physical Therapy Do For You? • Decrease or eliminate pain • Improve balance, coordination & muscle strength • Restore normal movement for standing, walking, running • Provide an alternative to surgery & prescription drugs • Prevent injury • Improve breathing, cardiovascular function & endurance • Augment recovery from surgery, illness, or disability • Reduce swelling and inflammation • Optimize physical activity & sports performance • Strength training through blood flow restriction

other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart. 4. Slash saturated fats. Tohelpyourheart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products.Choose leanercutsandreduced- fat options. 5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition. That’s risky because over time, high blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely. 6.Thinkbeyondthescale. Askyourdoctor if your weight is OK. If you have some pounds to lose, you’ll probably want to change your eating habits and be more active. 8. Clean up. Your heart works best when it runsoncleanfuel.Thatmeans lotsofwhole, plant-based foods (like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) and fewer refined or processed foods.

1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young and middle-age adults who slept 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who sleep 9 hours or more. 2. Keep the pressure off. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year. 3. Move more. To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the

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