Farmingdale PT: Struggling With Back Pain or Sciatica

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STRUGGLING WITH BACK PAIN OR SCIATICA? STAND TALLER WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

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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. (continued inside)

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STRUGGLING WITH BACK PAIN OR SCIATICA? STAND TALLER WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY INSIDE: 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. 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 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: • Tips To Relieve Your Sciatica Pain • Exercise Essentials The sciatica symptoms reported from patients tend to vary. Some may experience a deep ache in the buttocks, while others

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experience 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, andmost effectivemode 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. At Farmingdale Physical Therapy West, 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!

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TIPS TO RELIEVE YOUR SCIATICA PAIN

How successful is physical therapy for back pain? A study found in the medical journal SPINE proves both the physical and monetary benefits of 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 from back pain or sciatica, consult with your doctor about physical therapy treatments, or contact our office to learn more about how you could benefit.

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. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS TRY TH I S EXERC I SE FOR SC I AT I CA PA IN REL I EF

At Farmingdale Physical Therapy West, we aim for speedy and effective recoveries at low costs. Don’t live with back pain any longer – stand taller with physical therapy.

HEALTHY REC I PE SP I NACH & ART I CHOK E D I P

INGREDIENTS

Exercises copyright of

• 1 package frozen spinach (drained) • 2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese • 1 package colby jack cheese • 1 package parmesan cheese • 2 cans of Rotel

• Small onion, chopped • 1 tsp cumin to taste • 1 tsp garlic salt to taste

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While on your back as shown below, keep your knee straight and lift your leg up while leaving the other foot flat on the surface with knee bent. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 20 times.

Combine all ingredients well and place in a 11 x 13 pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes. DIRECTIONS

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

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• Alter G Treadmill • Orthopedic Therapy • Spinal Manipulation • Mckenzie Method • Manual Therapy • Mulligan Technique • Myofascial Release • Soft Tissue Mobilization • Kinesio Taping • Massage Therapy • Ultrasound • Laser Therapy • Electrical Stimulation

To our valued patients and physicians,

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to impact many people and countries around the world, all of us here at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West remain committed to the health and safety of our patients and staff. We understand that as an essential business it is our responsibility to alleviate the pressure COVID-19 has put on our local Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care facilities while maintaining an environment that adheres to the highest standards of safety and sanitation. In order to continue serving our community during these unprecedented times, we have made significant changes to our daily protocols in accordance with mandates set forth by both local and federal agencies. With this in mind, we have implemented a policy of only accepting a single patient per physical therapist, in order for us to maintain proper social distancing measures as well as to sanitize any equipment used between patients. We have also added several new services, including TeleHealth and at-home care. With our TeleHealth service, you will be able to receive treatment directly from one of our Therapists from the comfort of your own home. This is an especially appealing option for those of our patients who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and would feel safer undergoing treatment from home. Never miss a beat with TeleHealth! Seeing a therapist is as easy as signing online and joining a TeleHealth conference call! In addition to TeleHealth, we continue to offer our at-home care policy. As you may know, our therapists are available to visit you at home if you are unable to come to our office for whatever reason. Once again, don’t miss an appointment, just have us come to you! One of our Therapists is always available to guide you through your treatment wherever you are most comfortable, whether that’s at home, online, or in-office! In consideration of the unanticipated mental stresses that come with such an overwhelming situation such as that of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also offer the services of Rich Purslow, our very own Mental Health Counselor. Whether you’re struggling with feelings of isolation from the strict social restrictions, have concerns surrounding your treatment, or are experiencing any sort of anxiety, Farmingdale is here for you. Never hesitate to reach out to our office and see how we can help. In addition, we kindly ask that if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms that you contact our office in order to reschedule your appointment to a later date when you are feeling better. We have staff on hand who will be happy to speak with you and address any of your concerns. We at Farmingdale are aware of the harrowing nature of current events and continue to monitor the situation and will adapt to any new health and safety regulations. Once again, never hesitate to reach out to us for anything you may need. Let’s get better together!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our mission is to provide all patients and clients with overall better quality of life, all within a positive, supportive, friendly environment. We will strive to offer the best possible Physical Therapy services in order to ensure success for our patients.

ABOUT US

Warmly, The whole family at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West

With more than 50 years

of combined experience, Henry “Butch” Purslow, DPT, and staff of Farmingdale Physical Therapy West offer elite Physical Therapy services in Bethpage, NY, and the surrounding area of Long Island, NY. We have been voted Best of Long Island Physical Therapist for the past 4 years thanks to our amazing patients.

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