NextStepPT_Is It Back Pain or Sciatica

Happy New Year! To celebrate 2020 we want to do something special for all of our past patients! This is our BIG THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you. To thank you, we are having a day filled with Free Exams as well as Fitness and Nutritional advice: WE APPRECIATE YOU! • All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers of our past and present patients. If you are a past or present patient then call (516) 681-8070 to schedule your Free Exam. If you are referring a friend or family member, have them call (516) 681-8070 to schedule their Free Exam and mention that you referred them. THE DAY OF FREE EXAMS WILL BE HELD ON: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 FROM 9 AM TO 5:30 PM. The Free Exam consists of a 30 minute one-on-one appointment with Dr. Chris Ostling or Dr. Phil Giordano. We will talk with you about the history of your problem. After a thorough exam, we will give you a written copy of: • The cause of your pain or problem. • A plan for successful treatment. For those of you who also want nutrition advice - we are pleased to have Melissa Conover, MS, RD - a dietician working with us on that day. The appointments are free, but are limited as each PT only has 13 Spots. Call • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 3 months. • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated.

(516) 681-8070 to schedule your Free Exam. The Free Exam is ideal for people suffering with:

• Lower Back Pain • Arthritis • Sciatica

• Neck Pain • Headaches • Shoulder Pain

• Knee Pain • Problems Walking

If you are having problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping or driving, then this is an excellent opportunity to see one of our world-class therapists and find out the cause of your problem. Call (516) 681-8070 to schedule your Free Exam for February 13, 2020

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• Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

NEWSLETTER The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis, yet for so many people, this is a total reality. By certain estimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. The most common type of back pain experienced is in the lower back, and it can happen for any variety of reasons. Being in a car accident can causeyou toexperience lingering back pain for years after the accident. Accidents at work can lead to similar consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can also develop for any number of common reasons — things that you do every day without thinking twice. An old desk chair that doesn’t provide much lumbar support can take its toll over time, as can wearing 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, IS IT BACK PAIN OR SCIATICA? How Knowing the Difference Can Help You Find Relief!

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 the back pain and present you with helpful strategies that can strengthenyourbackandreducetheseverityofyour pain.Physical therapy forbackpainoften includes a combination of targeted massage, flexibility and range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques. Using these strategies in combination with anti-inflammatory medication, as recommended by your physician, is often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended 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 happenswhen thediscs inyourspineweaken.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 musclegroups,which includes theabdominalwall, and will provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain. While some back pain is easy to identify as pain, suchas is thecasewithdegenerativediscdisease, there are other situations in which the pain may be a bit more complicated to understand. One of the most common back issues experienced in the United States is sciatica pain, and this sort of pain is often a lot more difficult to identify — especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem.


• Wrist / Hand Pain • Wellness / Balance Problems • Ankle / Foot Pain

• Knee Pain • Sports Injuries • Shoulder Pain

• Physical Therapy • Low Back Pain • Neck Pain


How Can You Tell the Difference Between Back Pain and Sciatica Pain? The answer 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 • The leg pain develops more as a burning, tingling or searing sensation, and not 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’t always develop like pain in the traditional sense. Sciatica pain instead causes a buildup of tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t consistent either. The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times.

If you are experiencing back pain and you haven’t talked to a medical professional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can cut your time struggling with back pain literally in half. For more information about how you can overcome back pain, contact us today at (516) 681-8070.

Healthy Recipe: Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise if you're experiencing pain.

• 1/2 cup cooked quinoa • 1 cup canned black beans drained & rinsed • 1 tbsp chili powder • 1 tsp cumin • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika • Sea salt to taste FOR GARNISH • 1 avocado mashed • Tahini • Hot sauce • Chopped cilantro

Relieves Back Pain

PRONE ALTERNATE ARM & LEG LIFT Lying flat on your stomach, slowly raise your right leg and left arm off of the ground. Keep your arms and legs straight. Inhale while lifting up. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Exhale while setting down. Repeat using the opposite arm and leg. Alternate 3 times on each side.

INGREDIENTS • 2 large sweet potatoes • 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1/4 cup chopped red onion • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper • 1/2 cup frozen corn


INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and prick with a fork. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and pepper and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add corn, quinoa, black beans and spices and cook 2 - 3 more minutes. When sweet potatoes are fork tender, remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice in half and place each half on a plate. Top with quinoa mixture, avocado and a drizzle of both tahini and hot sauce. Finish with a sprinkle of cilantro and enjoy! Courtesyof:


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Patient Success Spotlight

Here we are in the middle of winter. By the time you’re reading this I will have just gotten back from a family vacation down in the Caribbean... and now I’m cold again. In any case as you probably know we are having another great patient appreciation day coming up. Not only are we closing an entire day to give out free screens but we’ve broadened our horizons and added a registered dietitian for this special day and we’re also giving out fitness advice too! What better way to start the new year and get ready for spring than getting your body healthy, fit, and properly nourished. Please join us Thursday Feb 13th for this special day. Just call to secure your appointment before they are all taken (516 681 8070). Thanks - see you there! Chris Ostling

“I feel more flexible and much better.” “Came here for nagging pain in the center of my back. Dr. Chris gave me exercises to strengthen and eliminate the pain. I feel more flexible and much better. I would recommend Next Step for their caring interest and friendly approach to solve the problem.” -Eileen R.

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