Sports Therapy. Back Pain & Sciatica

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HOW PHYSICAL CAN HELP • HEALTHY RECIPE WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING • EXERCISE ESSENTIALS

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What Is Sciatica? Sciatica is a symptom of pain typically referred into the lower extremity as result of injury to the sciatic nerve. This nerve is comprised of spinal nerves derived from the lumbosacral spine from L4-S2. The most common causes of sciatica are disc conditions such as herniations, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, and vertebral slippage (spondylolisthesis). These problems are associated with compression on spinal nerves and localized inflammation. An uncommon form of sciatica is caused by a buttocks muscle which when in spasm can compress a portion of the sciatic nerve (Piriformis syndrome). What Causes Sciatica? The pain itself can be dull, aching or even sharp, and is commonly described as a cramping pain. In some cases the compressed nerve may feel like it burns, causing considerable pain. In other cases, the compressed nerve may simply issue a sharp electric jolt of pain. Some S T O P S C I A T I C A I N I T S T R A C K S

people experiencing sciatica may even have leg numbness, tingling or weakness. If you are having true loss of sensation to touch, or noticeable weakness, these signs could indicate a more profound problem which should immediately be brought to the attention of your physician. What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica? Your physical therapist will initially do an evaluation of your condition from which a treatment plan will be developed. Treatments which are typically helpful are designed primarily to decrease compression and inflammation on the involved portions of the sciatic nerve which might include manual therapy,traction,therapeuticexercises,electricalstimulation,andmodifications to your activities of daily living. Often modifications to the method by which you sleep and rest may have a profound effect on your symptoms. The only way to determine how SP.OR.T.S can help your condition is by calling our office and setting up an appointment. We are here to help.

If you’re suffering from sciatica or back pain, call 301.989.9040 to talk with your physical therapisttodayandscheduleyourappointment!

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

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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 medical 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 absolutely be healed. 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: S E L F - T E S T F O R S C I A T I C A H O W P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y C A N H E L P

What it means: If the leg with pain, numbness or tinglingdoesnotgoupashighas the other leg,you likelyhavesciatica.Your nextstep istoseewhat iscausingthe pressure on your sciatic nerve.

If you’re suffering from sciatica or back pain, call 301.989.9040 to talk with your physical therapisttodayandscheduleyourappointment!

INGREDIENTS • 1 head of green cabbage For the Filling • 3/4 cup brown lentils • 3 cups water • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa • 1 cup vegetable broth

• 1 small onion, diced • 1 tbsp vegetable oil • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar • 2 tbsp soy sauce • 1 tsp smoked paprika

For the Sauce: • 1 (28 oz) can tomato puree • 1 tbsp maple syrup, or sweetener of choice • 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar • salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS Begin boiling the cabbage in 3 in of water until the leaves peel off easily (about 20 min). When done, allow them to cool. While cabbage is simmering, bring lentils to a boil in a separate small saucepan. Lower heat and allow to simmer for35minutes,addingwater to thepotasneeded.Drainanyexcess liquid.While lentilssimmer,placebroth intoanothersaucepan,addquinoa,andbring toaboil.Letsimmer for20minuntilallof thewater isabsorbed (about 20 min). Cook onion with oil in a large skillet over medium heat until soft and translucent (about 5 min). Add 1 1/2 cupsof thecooked lentilsand1cupof thecookedquinoa,alongwithredwinevinegar,soysauce,smokedpaprika, salt, and pepper to taste. Make sure ingredients are mixed before removing from heat. Preheat the oven to 350°. Stir all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl, then distribute about 1/2 cup of the sauce into the bottom of 9 x 9 inch baking dish. After peeling leaves off of the cabbage head, roll about 3-4 tbsp of filling into the center of each leaf until all filling is used. Place each roll into the baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over the rolls, cover and bake for 1 hour. Let the rolls cool before serving.

H E A L T H Y R E C I P E QUINOA & LENTIL STUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS

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WHAT OUR PAT I ENTS ARE SAY I NG : “Late last fall, I was in a bad car accident. At first, I thought bed rest would fix the pain problem in my lower spine. After a couple of weeks, my pain level became intolerable. I subsequently visited my physician who recommended that I seek the services of Sports and Orthopaedic Therapy Services (SP. OR.T.S). At my first visit, I came under the care of Mr. Bob Grossman, PT, OCS, who personally observed and diagnosed the specific area of my spine and corresponding muscle group that was giving me the searing back pain. He personally customized and developed specific exercises that enhanced my body’s ability to move and function without pain. From the very first day, the front office team worked with me to implement a schedule where I could focus my concentration on embracing my customized training plan. My progress was measured every couple of weeks to benchmark and assess the improvement in my range of motion. I really appreciated the high quality caliber of the staff. Everyone at this practice was very friendly and knowledgeable. At the end of each therapy session, I received electrical stimulation on the problem area of my spine. This treatment in and of itself provided great comfort after working hard each session. The road to wellness was both challenging and rewarding. I feel most fortunate that I found SP.OR.T.S. My journey was one that followed custom exercises and hard work. The end result was that I did not have to rely on medications that would have ultimately masked the true problem. I would highly recommend SP.OR.T.S. to anyone desiring to improve their muscle function without having to go the medication route. When you go to the best, you forget the rest.” - Mr. A Luck

When we remodeled our facility, we endeavored to develop a clinic which is open and inviting. The color scheme and art work were included to encourage a safe-healing environment. Besides being beautiful it is extremely functional with 3200 square feet of clinical treatment area.

STAF F SPOT L I GHT MONIQUE BEEKO, PT, DPT, C CI

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Monique Beeko has been practicing in the field of physical Therapy since 2010. She began her carrier as a Physical Therapist Assistant back in 2010. She has experience working with populations ranging from pediatric to geriatrics with her youngest patient being age 1 year of age to her oldest being 101 years of age. She has worked at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she worked with wounded warriors and active duty members,AdventistHealthcareserving inpatientrehabilitation,acutecare, outpatient amputee rehab, and general outpatient, and other facilities

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Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment. WE ’ RE HERE TO HE LP YOU WI TH : • Low Back & Neck Pain • Hip, Knee, & Leg Pain • Hand, Arm, & Shoulder Pain

EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S Many patients benefit from this exercise, and we hope it helps you, too! However, if it is not met with a good outcome rapidly, please do not continue to perform the exercise. Togetan individualizedexerciseprogram foryourspecificproblem, it isbest toseeaSP.OR.T.S.physical therapist to perform an evaluation at which time a more focused approach will really make a difference. Monique also holds a BS in Healthcare Management from Towson University and has contributed to the provision of quality healthcare. She has made significant contributions through initiatives to strengthen employer/employee relations as well as improving client/ patient satisfaction within the organizations she served. She is an avid runner and enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter. including: skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health, and outpatient private owned clinics. She is working on her certification as a Vestibular Certified Specialist due to be completed April 2019. She is a Certified Clinical Instructor and a recent graduate of Neumann University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors.

FourPointTrunkFlexion&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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