Dresher PT: How To Find Relief For Sciatica

HEALTH AND WELLNESS NEWS YOU CAN USE! NEWSLET TER

JULY 2020

I THINK I MAY HAVE SCIATICA... HOW CAN I FIND RELIEF?

Sciatica, also referred to as “lumbar radiculopathy” is a pain that typically originates from the lower back. The sciatic nerve extends from the lumbar spine through the area of the buttocks, making it the largest nerve in the human body. (continued inside)

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JULY 2020

I THINK I MAY HAVE SCIATICA... HOW CAN I FIND RELIEF? INSIDE : • What Can I Do On My Own? • YTP Sports & Dresher PT

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Stretching and strengthening exercises are key to treating sciatica pain. Many exercises can help strengthen the spinal column and the supporting muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Most of these back exercises focus not only on the lower back, but also the abdominal (stomach) muscles, gluteus (buttock) muscles, and hip muscles. Strong core muscles can provide pain relief because they support the spine, keeping it in alignment and facilitating movements that extend or twist the spine with less chance of injury or damage. Stretches for sciatica are designed to target muscles that cause pain when they are tight and inflexible. Hamstring stretching is almost always an important part of a sciatica exercise program. Most people do not stretch these muscles, which extend from the pelvis to the knee in the back of the thigh, in their daily activities. Targeted stretches can help loosen up tight muscles and improve elasticity, thus easing pain caused by sciatica. If you have been suffering from lower back pain, or pain that radiates down to your buttocks or even down your legs, don’t hesitate to contact Dresher Physical Therapy today. We’ll provide you with the relief you need to live life comfortably once again!

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When this nerve becomes irritated, pain ensues, and it is usually felt in the lumbar area and behind the thigh. The pain can also radiate to the lower limbs, making it difficult to bend or walk. The most common cause of sciatica is lumbar disc herniation, but it can be caused by a back injury or disc degeneration, as well. Understanding sciatica treatments: Sciatica is diagnosed through a physical examination and an evaluation of medical history. A CT scan or MRI may also be performed, in order to locate the root cause of sciatica. According to Move Forward PT, “Conservative care like physical therapy often results in better and faster results than surgery or pain medication.” Once you are diagnosed with sciatica, a physical therapist will work with you to manage and relieve the condition. This includes: • Reducing sciatica pain.

• Improving motion. • Increasing strength. • Improving flexibility. • Educating you on how to stand, bend, and twist. • Returning to normal activities.

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What Can I Do On My Own?

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"Donna, I would like to give you a real sincere heartfelt shout out to say THANK YOU SO VERY VERY VERY MUCH for your AMAZING SPOT-ON attention to my exercise form. You literally gave me a new lease on knee life as I have been suffering under lack of exercise since the COVID-19 shutdown. Thank you SOmuch, Donna! You seriously changed my life, attitude and mental health." - Christa W.

There are some common home remedies you can try to help ease some of your sciatica symptoms. For example, alternating with ice and heat compresses, or sleeping with a pillow between your knees can help alleviate some pain and stiffness. Using a proper lumbar support roll while sitting can also provide relief and help prevent additional symptoms from developing. Going for a walk or taking part in other gentle exercises can also help in getting your body moving so it doesn’t become too tight. These are some commonly used at-home treatment methods for pain management, but they unfortunately are not always 100% effective. If your home treatments are having little-to-no effect in reducing your pain and restricted motion, or if your symptoms persist for more than a week without improvement, you should seek the aid of a physical therapist. If your symptoms worsen, be sure to consult with your primary physician. Physical therapy can provide you with the treatment you need to alleviate your aches and pains. How do I get started? If you believe you may be living with sciatica pains, contact Dresher Physical Therapy today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physical therapists. We will determine your diagnosis before creating your treatment plan. The main stages of your plan will focus on pain relief, which may include any combination of light exercises, manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, postural education and training for proper technique of your activities of daily living. As you progress and improve, your physical therapist will expand on your exercises and stretches by making them more challenging over time. This will help increase your overall strength and range of motion. We will spend one-on-one time with you on each visit, using hands-on techniques that get the joints, muscles, and nerves moving again. We will also design a comprehensive exercise and education program to get you back to comfortably doing what you want and need to do. If you are ready to get rid of your sciatica symptoms and enjoy your daily life free of pain, contact Dresher Physical Therapy for relief. We’ll provide you with an individualized treatment plan to help you get back to your normal life as quickly as possible.

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Dresher PT@Home will service our patients, their friends and family, and the general community in their homes with the same level of care that has made Dresher PT the area’s first choice for rehab. Advantages: • High-level orthopedic, neurologic and balance rehab from the experts you’ve trusted for the past 20 years that we’ve been in business. • Reduces the physical, emotional and financial toll for those with significant injuries, health concerns, or transportation issues. • Your care at home is provided and covered at the same level as it is in our office setting. • You have the option to transfer your care to one of our offices when you feel up to it in the future!

Introducing Tom Howell, PT, MPT Tom grew up in N.E. Philadelphia and is a 1990 graduate of the Hahnemann (Drexel) University PT program. He has worked in Outpatient PT for 25 of his 30 years as a PT. He has specialty areas in chronic pain and modern pain science as well as shoulder and back rehab. He has been active in

the APTA for most of his 30 years and previously served as president of the Idaho PT Association. Tom is the current Payment Specialist for the Pennsylvania PT Association. You may have even seen Tom at the DPT Blue Bell clinic where he often provides extra clinical coverage!

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MENSA Quiz: Time to Strain the Brain!

DPT Celebrates 3 Employee Anniversaries!

Dresher PT has always been fortunate to have an amazing group of professionals call it their work “home”. Having the right people on one’s team, all rowing in the same direction, helps set the tone and culture of an organization. This month we take special time out to acknowledge three valuable employees with noteworthy anniversaries who definitely contribute to the positive culture of DPT.

1) If you count from 1 to 100, how many 7’s will you pass along the way? a) 18 b) 19 c) 20 d) 21

Thanks to Michelle, Pam and Karen for everything that they do for DPT and our amazing community of patients!

2) Which same 3-letter word can be placed in front of the following words to make a new word? SIGN, DONE, DUCT, FOUND, FIRM, TRACT, DENSE

Michelle Engart, Office Manager: 5 Years

3) Find the missing number: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ? , 34, 55

Pam White, PT: 6 years

Karen Getzoff, Collections Specialist: 15 years

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Dresher PT And Our Patients Donate Over $2,500 To Local Charities!

• Personal Training Sessions In-Person and On Zoom • Personal Fitness Sessions In-Person and On Zoom • Small Group Training Sessions • Team Training Sessions • Camps • Skills Classes.

The Dresher PT staff did a socially distanced 5K Run/2 mile walk together on June 13th through the Fort Washington Office Park. We did this to raise money for 3 local charities and asked our amazing community of patients to join us in making donations to these charities that are helping others during the COVID-19 crisis. Dresher Physical Therapy pledged to match our patient donations over $2,500 total to the following charities: Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Montgomery County PA, and Inter-Faith Housing Alliance. We are proud to announce that between DPT and the extreme generosity of our patients, we were able to collectively contribute more than $2,500 to these three charities that are doing crucial work for those most at-risk during COVID-19.

Beginning in July , YTP will begin its campaign to rebuild the soccer community one player at a time! One on One sessions and small group sessions can be booked on our website YTPSports.com . YTP is here to get you back in Soccer shape!

Email tstackhouse.ytpsports@gmail.com for more details.

On behalf of Dresher PT, our staff and the 3 local charities… THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!

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