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Sitting in traffic can become a literal pain in the backside 😫😱

Welcome back to our returning snowbirds! Many of you have spent long hours in a car, train or plane – and many of you are undoubtedly experiencing the effects of a royal pain in the backside. More specifically, a stabbing pain or burning running from your gluteus maximus, through your hip and into your leg – and maybe even reaching your foot. Sciatica is a common occurrence for those who find themselves seated for long periods of time – or ironically, standing for long periods of time. Sciatica is an umbrella term that describes any kind of irritation to the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the hips, and down each leg.
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We know that sometimes, the pain can be excruciating. Or, it can be as mild a sensation as numbness, tingling or weakness. Although prolonged periods of sitting or standing are some of the reasons that people develop sciatica – it is hardly the only reason, which can vary from common natural aging to very rare tumors. The good news is that 90 percent of those who are affected with sciatica recover within six to 12 weeks – without drugs or surgery. Download our free eBook now for tips on back pain prevention and self-care treatment.

If you’re not feeling better in a week, your Allied specialists are standing by, ready to guide you in your treatment journey. We can help get you back to everything you love about your time in the Florida sun before the grandkids start arriving for the holidays! Don’t delay – call today!

Just what is a physical therapist anyway? 🤔 

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There seems to be a lot of confusion in America about just what it is that a physical therapist does – and we are here to clear up your misconceptions!

 

👎 MYTH: A physical therapist isn’t much different than a personal trainer.

👍 FACT: A personal trainer – although skilled in coaching people toward reaching their physical fitness goals safely through the development and supervision of individualized training programs – lacks the in-depth specialized advanced degree study required of a physical therapist, who can diagnose problems and develop treatment plans.

 

👎 MYTH: A physical therapist only needs to study for two years to become certified.

👍 FACT: Physical therapists need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. To be considered for admittance to a three-year physical therapy program, students must have a bachelor’s degree with courses of study in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biology and physics. Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) must have an associate’s degree from an accredited program. 

 

👎 MYTH: Patients must be referred for physical therapy by a physician.

👍 FACT: In the State of Florida, patients can seek treatment from a physical therapist without getting a prescription from a physician – skipping the time and expense of an office visit, x-ray, MRI, blood test, etc. Physical Therapists are fully qualified to make diagnoses and often work closely with patients’ other medical providers to determine a treatment plan.

 

👎 MYTH: Physical therapy is only for patients who need help recovering from surgery.

👍 FACT: Physical therapy is helpful not only for patients who are recovering from surgery, illness or injury – it can help improve balance and coordination, treat urinary and bowel incontinence, and prepare youth – and older folks – for the demands of sporting endeavors to reduce the risk of injuries.

 

Questions? 

We have answers! Get in touch with us at Allied and we’ll do what we can to answer your questions. Or, Call Now to Schedule a Free Discovery Session: 239-242-0070. 
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