USRehabHealthServices_Making Moves to Understand Sciatica

SEPTEMBER 2019 N E W S L E T T E R Y O U R H E A L T H I S O U R P R I O R I T Y

SCIATICA BACK PAIN MAKING MOVES TO UNDERSTAND

ALSO INSIDE: Understanding Sciatica Pain •

A 30-Second Self-Test for Sciatica • Exercise Essentials • Staff Spotlight • What Our Patients Say • Look Who Visited Our Southfield Clinic!

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UNDERSTANDING SCIATICA PAIN

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 justa fewweeks.Even ifyou’vesufferedsevere 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? Sciaticabackpain isnormallynoticedasapain 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. Ifsciatica isn’t treated, itcanhinder mobility altogether. How Physical Therapy Can Help with Sciatica If you’re experiencing sciatica, contact a physician 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. To find out more about physical therapy options for sciatica & back pain and how you can find relief, call us at 844-369-9955 or visit us online at www.usptrehab.com. Sources: •webmd.com/back-pain/what-is-sciatica#1•medicinenet. com/sciatica/article.htm • mayoclinic.org/diseases- conditions/sciatica/symptoms-causes/syc-20377435 • medicalnewstoday.com/articles/7619.php

Do you have back pain or leg pain with standing or walking? A 30-SECOND SELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA 1. Sit on a chair and keep good posture. 2 . Straighten one of your legs out in front of you, while pointing your toes to the sky. Pay attention to how high your leg can go and if you have any pain, numbness, or tingling. 3. Place your leg back down to resting position, and repeat the same movement with the opposite leg. Do you have a shooting pain in your leg when you stand up? Do you need to sit down for a minute for the pain to go away?

Take this 30-second self- test to see if you might have sciatica:

What Your Results Mean: 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. Give US Rehabilitation and Health Services a call today at 844-369-9955 to schedule an appointment and findouthowwecanhelprelieveyoursciaticapain.

LOOK WHO VISITED OUR SOUTHFIELD CLINIC!

THANK YOU CARL DAVIS, #94 OF THE CLEVELAND BROWNS, FOR CHOOSING US REHABILITATION AND HEALTH SERVICES FOR YOUR THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE. Carl stopped by our Southfield location in June andgothismassagewithourmassagetherapist Wendy Hill. We look forward to having you back and wish you the best in your upcoming season!

EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS TECHNIQUE FOR CORE STRENGTH Brace Marching While lying on your back with your knees bent, tighten your stomach by drawing in your belly button close to your spine. Slowly raise up one foot a few inches and then set it back down, and continue as if marching for two minutes. Try not to move your pelvis or back while moving your legs. Drawing in your stomach helps to keep your spine from moving. Next, perform the same exercise with your other leg. Repeat 10 times.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT SALEM NEGUSSIE, MANAGER AT YPSILANTI

Congratulations to one of our newer staff members Salem Negussie. Salem had started with US Rehabilitation and Health Services as an intern earlier this year and quickly found herself in the role as a manager in the Ypsilanti location. Salem has done an outstanding job in her role obtaining and maintaining relationships with doctors, attorneys, and casemanagers as well as others whomake referrals to our facility in the surrounding area. She has a great ability to step in and advocating for the patients on site to assist them with their needs while engaging and building a relationship during their visits. Thank you, Salem, for all you do!

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN LIVE PAIN-FREE At US Rehabilitation and Health Services, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health professionals during focused, individualized, and personal sessions. Our philosophy is to provide exceptional care to achieve optimal health and function. It’s time to go to US Rehabilitation • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back

CRYOTHERAPY A UNIQUE OFFER JUST FOR OUR PATIENTS:

Access to 1 FREE Cryotherapy Visit!

• Helps the body recover from workout soreness • Boosts energy and overall health

• Relieves tension, inflammation, pain and swelling • Makes therapy more comfortable after an injury

and Health Services if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel and move better

3. Get your custom recovery program

Don’t let your pain hold you back. Call us today at 844-369-9955 or visit our website at www.usptrehab.com.

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