OSR: Stand Up To Sciatica

OSR Physical Therapy’s Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body STAND UP TO SCIATICA “Don’t Let Back Pain Slow You Down!

INSIDE: • Relieve Back Pain Naturally • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • FREE Back Pain Screening

Do you experience pain in the buttock, leg, or even your foot? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers. People frequently have questions about what sciatica is, why it occurs and how to find relief from the intense pain it can cause from the low back down to the feet. If you are suffering from sciatica, it is important to find its root cause. Many people often think an x-ray or expensive MRI is first needed to figure out what is causing pain. Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find its 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. Why Does Sciatica Occur? If there are changes in posture, muscle strength or pelvic alignment, the nerve can be compressed which leads to the quite common low back and sciatic nerve pains. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body. It even reaches down to the foot and therefore, can be irritated anywhere along its path. With sciatica, the consequent ache can be felt anywhere from the base of the spine, the buttocks or the back of the thigh and legs. Even tingling sensations in the toes can be attributed at times to the impingement of the sciatic nerve.

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RELIEVE BACK PAIN NATURALLY Bad Habits Can Increase Your Pain

Some seemingly harmless habits can also contribute to the irritation of the sciaticnerve.A frequentbadhabit iscrossingof the legs forextendedperiods, which puts pressure on the nerve. In addition, sitting for long periods is bad for your spine. It is possible for you to prevent or relieve sciatica simply by improving your posture. Physical Therapy Relieves Sciatica The specialists at OSR Physical Therapy play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our physical therapists are medical experts with years of training to evaluate your back problem, finding the root cause of your sciatica. An individualized treatment plan is created to guide you through the recovery process and maximize your success. When coming to OSR Physical Therapy, our friendly and knowledgeable therapists spend time with you. We train you on specific and easy exercises that will relieve the pain in your back and legs. In addition, our specialized hands-on therapy helps to gently loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine and legs. 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 head start in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall. Journal of neurosurgery: Spine Feb, 2005Volume 2,Number 2.AaronG. Filler,M.D.,Ph.D., JodeanHaynes, B.A., Sheldon E. Jordan,M.D.,JoshuaPrager,M.D.,J.PabloVillablanca,M.D.,KeyvanFarahani,Ph.D.,DuncanQ.Mcbride,M.D.,JayS.Tsuruda, M.D.,BrannonMorisoli,B.A.,UlrichBatzdorf,M.D.,andJ.PatrickJohnson,M.D.

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Eating Right Never Tasted So Good!

Sweet Potato Soup With Pistachio

Ingredients • 4 pounds sweet potato • 6 tbsp vegetable oil • Kosher salt • 4 medium carrots, diced • 1 medium onion • 5 cloves garlic

• 2 sprigs sage • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken stock • 1/4 cup orange juice & 1 tbsp grated zest • 3/4 cup pistachios • 2 scallions • 2 tbsp mint leaves • Pinch cayenne pepper • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions Preheatoven to300°F.Tosssweetpotatowith4 tablespoonsvegetableoilandsalt.Spreadsweet potato on 2 rimmed baking sheets and bake for 1 hour. Increase oven temperature to 375°F and cook until sweet potatoes are tender and lightly browned around the edges, about 25 minutes. In a large pot, heat remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add carrot, onion, garlic, sage, and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until vegetables are just tender. Add sweet potatoes and stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until vegetables are very tender. Discard sage, if using. Add orange juice. Blend soup until smooth. Season with salt. In a mixing bowl, stir together pistachios, orange zest, scallions, mint, and cayennepepper.Fold inoliveoilandseasonwithsalt.Servesoup,spooningpistachiosalsaon top.

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Patient Success Spotlight

Physical Therapists Are The Mechanics Of Your Body

Our girl is now running!

“After a devastating diagnosis with a rare autoimmune disorder, our twelve year old Marina suffered damage to her kidneys and underwent a series of treatments during a month long hospital stay that left her weak and barely mobile. The degree of her fragility even caused a fractured foot, further slowing her recovery. Since working with OSR our girl is now running! Ready to resume her normal activities and return to playing soccer is her number one goal. The guys are like “big brothers” to Marina and have her right on track to reaching her goals. We couldn’t be more grateful for the support and genuine care she’s been given.” - Martin & Valerie

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Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune- Up: � Move without pain

� Sit for long periods comfortably

� Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

� Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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Attention Back Pain Sufferers!

SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST Lie on your back and bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor. Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg. Strengthens Low Back www.simpleset.net Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

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