Sports Ortho PT. Is It Back Pain Or Sciatica?

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


INSIDE: • Understanding Back Pain • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Sciatica Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


Does lifeever feel likeone large pain in theback? Back pain is difficult to deal with onadailybasis,yet forsomanypeople, this isa total reality.Bycertainestimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at somepoint intheir lives.Themostcommontypeofbackpainexperienced is inthe lowerback,and itcanhappenforanyvarietyofreasons.Being inacaraccidentcan causeyou toexperience lingeringbackpain foryearsafter theaccident.Accidents at work can lead to similar consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’tasstraightforward.Backpaincanalsodevelopforanynumberofcommon reasons — things that you do every day without thinking twice. An old desk chair thatdoesn’tprovidemuch lumbarsupportcantake itstollovertime,ascanwearing shoes that don’t have much support, or even gaining weight, particularly around the stomach area. Too many people consider back pain a normal experience of their lives and don’t immediately seek support that could make the pain an issue of the past. Working with a physical therapist is, hands down, the best thing that you can do when you are looking to overcome back pain. A physical therapist can identify the cause of thebackpainandpresentyouwithhelpfulstrategiesthatcanstrengthenyourback and reduce theseverityofyourpain.Physical therapy forbackpainoften includes acombinationoftargetedmassage,flexibilityandrangeofmotiontraining,muscle building,andtargetedstretchingtechniques.Usingthesestrategies incombination

with anti-inflammatory medication, as recommended by your physician, is often consideredthemost-efficientapproachtohandlingbackpainand isrecommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. UNDERSTANDING BACK PAIN Being educated about your back pain can help you make the right choices to overcome it as quickly as possible. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that it lingers. This leads many people to deal with back pain for years on end without seemingly any end in sight. While there is back pain that develops as a result of strain or sprain, there is also something called low back degenerative disc disease, which happens when the discs in your spine weaken.This frequently develops as a result of repetitive back injury and can also develop as a result of age. With degenerative disc disease, the space between the discs begins to collapse and become unstable and will cause back pain to develop. When you work with a physical therapist to overcome back pain as a result of degenerative disc disease, your physical therapist will begin by strengthening core muscle groups, which includes the abdominal wall, and will provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain.

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• The legpaindevelopsmoreasaburning, tinglingorsearingsensation,andnot as a plain ache • There is a sharp pain that occurs at times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk • The pain is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes Sciatica pain develops in the nerves that connect the lower back to the legs, and so while the pain itself is generated from the back, a lot of time, the experience of the pain is more largely associated with the upper legs. What’s more, sciatica pain doesn’talwaysdevelop likepain inthetraditionalsense.Sciaticapain insteadcauses abuildupof tingling,numbnessandweakness in the lowerbackandupper legs,and the pain isn’t consistent either. The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times. Ifyouareexperiencingbackpainandyouhaven’ttalkedtoamedicalprofessionalabout theconcern,thennow isthetimetotakeaction.Workingwithaphysicaltherapistcan cut your time struggling with back pain literally in half. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us.

Whilesomebackpain iseasyto identifyaspain,suchas isthecasewithdegenerative discdisease,thereareothersituations inwhichthepainmaybeabitmorecomplicated tounderstand.Oneofthemostcommonback issuesexperienced intheUnitedStates issciaticapain,andthissortofpain isoftena lotmoredifficultto identify—especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem. Howcanyou tell thedifferencebetweenbackpainandsciaticapain?Theanswer is that sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg • The pain becomes worse when you are sitting

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H E A LT H Y R E C I P E Greek Turkey Burgers

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup spinach

• ½ tsp dried oregano • ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp ground pepper • 4 small hamburger buns • 4 tbsp tzatziki • 12 slices cucumber • 8 thick rings of red onion

• 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey • ½ cup organic crumbled feta cheese • ½ tsp garlic powder

DIRECTIONS Preheatgrill tomedium-high.Squeezeexcessmoisture fromspinach.Combine the spinach with turkey, feta, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Form into four 4-inch patties. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165°F.) Assemble the burgers on the buns, topping each with 1 tablespoon tzatziki, 3 cucumber slices and 2 onion rings.



“I amvery, veryhappy tosay that after10+yearsofchronic back problems that I am now running and lifting, and I’m pain free! I am certain it is because of the awesome direction of Dahlia the owner. The other therapists that worked with me love what they do for a living, and it shows in their work and their attitude. I can’t say enough good things about Sports & Ortho. This place is a small business where you can get focused treatment by people that genuinely want you to get better. Highly recommended!”

The team at Sports & Ortho PTwere honored to offer stretching services to participants at the Chicago Police Department Run to Remember 5K last month! Sports & Ortho PTwill also be making an appearance at the CFDBravest vs CPD Finest Baseball game on July 16th and the Beverly Cycling Classic on July 19th . We hope to see you there! 4 5 1 2 1 7 7 3 6 5 9 5 2 1 9 6 5 1 8 6 5 7 3 8 7 8 1 4 n°315825 - LevelHard Sudoku Puzzle The aim of this game is to fill in empty squares using digits from 1 to 9. Each digit must be found once and only once per line, per column and per region.

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If you have pain, come in for a free assessment at any of our five locations. Don’t wait, we can help! BRIDGEPORT 312-225-3119 NORTHWEST SIDE 773-657-3897 LINCOLN PARK 773-904-8881 BEVERLY 7 3-779-7970 GLENVIEW/NORTHBROOK 224-282-8133

Relieve Sciatica Pain In Minutes Try this movement to relieve sciatica pain.



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Supported Bridge Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by the fingertips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 6-10 times.

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