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STOP SCIATICA IN ITS TRACKS
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Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R
STOP SCIATICA IN ITS TRACKS
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 compressednervemay feel like itburns. Inothercases,thecompressed 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 back pain, call your Physical Therapist at Renew Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!
If you’ve experienced back pain, and even leg pain, you might have a deeper issue.Yourminorachesandpinchednervescouldbesymptomatic of sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it’s entirely curable. What Is Sciatica? Sciatica ispainthatradiatesalongsidethesciaticnerve.Thisnerve,which branches from your lower back — spanning across your hips, buttocks and legs—canbe injuredorstressed inseveralways.Themostcommon cause of sciatica-related pain is inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated. Whilesciaticapaincanbe intense, it is treatable.A lotofsciaticacases, 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? Inmostcases,sciaticaoccurswhenoneoftheback’sdiscsareherniated. Itcanalsohappen ifthespinenarrows—aneffectcalledspinalstenosis. 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.
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:
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HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP
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 therapycanreducesciaticacompressionbycarefully introducing exercises and relaxing treatments. These treatments, hand-picked by professionals, can completely eliminatesciaticaovertime. Ifyou’reexperiencingbackpain,don’twait. Call one of our professionals today, and ask about physical therapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can be healed.
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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
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT DIRECT ACCESS? Did you know that you are not required to see your primary physician before seeing a physical therapist? We are now able to evaluate you, determine if you need physical therapy, and implement a treatment program… ALL without a referral! So call for an appointment today! Minor aches and pains can be fixed quickly when addressed early. No need to make a trip to the Doctor’s office first, let our movement specialists evaluate and treat your needs.
Perform This Exercise To Relieve Sciatica Pain In Minutes!
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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UTILIZE THESE HEART HEALTH TIPS! FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL HEART HEALTH MONTH! 1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young andmiddle-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 other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart. 4. Slash saturated fats. To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-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. Think beyond the scale. Ask your doctor 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. 7. Clean up. Your heart works best when it runs on clean fuel. That means lots of whole, plant-based foods (like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) and fewer refined or processed foods (like white bread, pasta, crackers, and cookies). “Renew Physical Therapy has great therapists that work as a team. I have been to many physical therapist locations, and this is the best. Very competent group.” - Kay S. WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING!
MEET THE STAFF
KARLIEMCDOUGALL,DPT wasbornandraised inThunderBay,Ontario, Canada.Shereceivedherundergraduatedegree inExerciseandSports Science from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2005. She played four years of Lady Bulldog Soccer and in her senior year became 1st team All-Conference, Honorable Mention All-American, and TWC Athlete of the Year. She then pursued her dreams and received a Doctorate of PhysicalTherapy fromtheUniversityofSt.Augustine inDecember2007. Karlie has treated all types of orthopedic and neurological conditions on the Northshore for over 10 years. She enjoys working with her husband Chris McDougall and having fun with their children, Landon, Nolan, and Aubrey.
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ORANGE CRANBERRY BREAD
• 1cup freshcranberries • 1 tsp orange zest • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice • 1 egg
INGREDIENTS • 2 cups white whole wheat flour • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp baking soda • 1/2 tsp salt
DIRECTIONS Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, add white whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cranberries, and orange zest. Gently stir. In a separate medium-sized bowl, add coconut oil, fresh orange juice, and an egg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir to combine everything together. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy! www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/moist-orange-cranberry-bread
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