Standing Up To Sciatica

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STANDING UP TO SCIATICA Do you experience pain in the buttock, thigh or even your leg? You may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers.

If you are suffering from sciatica it is important to find the root cause of the low back pain and leg pain. This will quickly and correctly relieve the pain.

Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find the root cause. Recent studies show that nearly 1 million of MRIs done for sciatica fail to find a treatable cause. With a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance neurography, 69% of the patients were found to have a trapped sciatic nerve deep in the buttock by a muscle called the piriformis. It is known that in about 25% of the general population, the sciatic nerve pierces through the piriformis muscle and can be susceptible to abnormal pressure and irritation. This can lead to piriformis syndrome, which is the most common cause of sciatica.

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Physical Therapy Relieves Sciatica

Physical therapists play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica as well as other common back problems. Our physical therapists aremedical experts with years of training to evaluate your back problem, finding the root cause of your sciatica.

When coming toWorcester Physical Therapy Services & Sports Conditioning, our friendly and knowledgeable therapists spend time with you. We help you with stretching exercises that will target the piriformis, but may also include the hamstrings and hip muscles to adequately reduce pain and increase range of motion. In addition, our specialized hands-on therapy helps to gently loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine and legs. At Worcester Physical Therapy Services we utilize technology such as graston tools to get you feeling better. Your pain is quickly relieved and your flexibility restored, so you can feel like yourself again. Our cutting-edge treatments are doctor recommended and are specifically designed for you to reach your healthcare goals. Knowing all this should give you a headstart in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall.

Rehabilitation Programs We want your rehabilitation to result in you being in the best condition ever. That’s right... better than before you were injured!

Our therapists provide insight and knowledge about your injury to assist you in taking an active roll in your rehabilitation. We will put you on the right track to feeling better and moving freely! It is important to rehabilitate your injury properly.

You should always seek the medical advice of a physician, physical therapist or qualified health professional. Healing correctly from the start is significant in the prevention of reoccurrence. We can help you get better faster call us today!

Patient Results

I was able to build my core strength! “Before working with Worcester Physical Therapy I was only able to stand for about 30 minutes and sit for about 30 minutes before my back would start really hurting. With the help of Nash and Lisa, I was able to build my core strength to the point that I was able to do my three day photography event, (on my feet most of the time), and still be able to walk to my room when finished for the day. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lisa, for all your help. I could not have completed this assignment without you. Also thanks to Nash, Matt, Chad, Debbie, Patty and every other therapist that has helped me to better health.” • Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger 4 Pain when trying to sleep 4 Pain when driving > 30 mins 4 Trouble bending and reaching Do you suffer with any of the following symptoms? Don’t let back pain become a way of life Pinpoint the exact cause of your back pain! 4 Radiating pain to buttocks 4 Soreness after sitting awhile 4 Difficulty standing for > 20 mins - Rick E.


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STAFF SPOTLIGHT Lisa is a 1987 graduate from Becker College. She has worked in various settings, including outpatient, work hardening, sub-acute, long-term rehabilitation and chiropractic offices. She has been a part of the WPTS family for 6 years. She was also an employee of the Worcester Public School systemworking with children having various diagnoses, including Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disorders and lowmuscle tone.

Lisa Almstrom, PTA

Wellness Tips

Getting Fit Can Be Fun

Choose Your Fun Not everyone has the same idea of fun. Spinning Hula Hoops might not be your cup of tea, but an Irish dance class tickles your toes. Skydivingmight make your heart drop, but canoeing might just be your style. How can you put some fun into your fitness? • Plan a short trip to a beautiful place where you’ll be motivated to be more active than usual. • Involve your family and friends in an activity. • Try something new. • Try something old -- try ballet again or play catch. • Jump rope. • Play with kids or grandkids.

Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to keep you moving...

PRONE ON ELBOWS Lie on your stomach, hands beside your shoulders. Push with your arms up on to your elbows. Hold for 10 counts then return to start position. Repeat 8 times.

Loosens Low Back


The above exercises are designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist

Refer a Friend Who do you know that needs our help?

Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The

Following? • Move without pain • Bend and move freely

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Worcester Physical Therapy Services Inc. today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Pain Relief Consultation.

• Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle Call Today! 508-791-8740


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