Joint Effort PT: Sciatica and Back Pain

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INSIDE: • Stand Up To Your Sciatica Pain • A 30 Second Self-Test For Sciatica • Patient Success Spotlight • Staff Spotlights

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. (continued inside)

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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 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.

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

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A 30 SECOND SELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA

DO YOU HAVE BACK PA I N OR L EG PA I N WH I L E STAND I NG OR WALK I NG? DO YOU HAVE A SHOOT I NG PA I N I N YOUR L EG WHEN YOU STAND UP? DO YOU NE ED TO S I T DOWN FOR A MI NUT E FOR THE PA I N TO GO AWAY? 30 SECOND SELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA 1. Sitting on a chair, look down. 2. Straighten one leg, with toes in the air. 3. Repeat for the other side.

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. Call us to schedule an appointment... Joint Effort Physical Therapy can help you relieve your sciatica pain.

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EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S Helps Relieve Sciatica Pain www.simpleset.net PRONE ON ELBOWS To start, lie on your stomach with your hands beside your shoulders. Push with your arms up on to your elbows and forearms. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

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MEGAN , DPT Megan just recently joined the Joint Effort team as a new therapist! She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri where she played on the soccer team. There, she received her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and became a certified Exercise Physiologist. Megan then

attended AT Still University in Phoenix, Arizona where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She trained athletes and programmed workouts all throughout her schooling. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, crafting, and reading. If she had to eat one food for the rest of her life, it would be homemade spaghetti and meatballs and her favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie.

KEEL I , PAT I ENT REPRESENTAT I VE Keeli recently joined the Joint Effort Physical Therapy team as our new patient representative. Arkansas is her home state where she began her career in healthcare. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her animals, working on her hobby farm, gardening, cooking, crafting, and spending time with her family.

“. . . I COULD NOT ASK FOR MORE FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL CARE.” “I am so glad I was referred to Joint Effort Physical Therapy by a good friend nine months ago. Mine is a long term recovery program and I could not ask for more friendly, professional and personal care. I wholeheartedly recommend them!” - Jim M.

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