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3-Way Sciatic Nerve Glide

Have you experienced pain in the low back that travels into the buttock and back of the thigh? If so, you could be dealing with irritation to the sciatic nerve commonly referred to as sciatica. The sciatic nerve is the largest peripheral nerve in the body. Several lumbar and sacral nerve roots exit out each side of the spine and ultimately join together to form the sciatic nerve. With that in mind, there are several areas along its path where the sciatic nerve can become irritated causing this pain that radiates down the back of the thigh.

For recovery and good health, nerves require three main things:

  1. Blood Flow
  2. Space
  3. Movement

A great way to target all three components are nerve glides. The key to these are going to the point of discomfort but not necessarily pushing through it. The goal is for the nerve to gradually desensitize so might notice over time you are able to progress them a bit further before stepping into discomfort. Here we highlight a simple sciatic mobility drill that progresses in intensity throughout. We typically like to prescribe 10 repetitions for each movement, and these can be repeated several times per day. Feel free to give these a try and let us know what you think.

Courtesy of OrthoInfo

What is Hip Osteoarthritis?

Symptoms and Treatment

⁣⁣When treating hip pain we often assess if the pain is related to hip osteoarthritis.  The hip is a ball (femur) and socket (pelvis) joint. The ends of each bone is covered with articular cartilage which allows the bones to glide smoothly over each other during movement. ⁣⁣Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when this articular cartilage gradually wears away and the joint space narrows. Bone spurs may also form in the hip joint as a result of wearing of cartilage. ⁣⁣
Symptoms include: ⁣⁣

  • Pain in the front of the hip/groin/thigh.
  • Stiffness upon waking or with prolonged positions.
  • Loss of range of motion, crepitus, and pain aggravated with weight bearing.
  • Symptoms typically worsen slowly over time. ⁣⁣

Treatment options:

In most cases, physical therapy is the first recommendation for the treatment of hip osteoarthritis.⁣⁣ If conservative management fails, steroid injections into the hip may be attempted. If symptoms still persist, a hip replacement surgery may be performed. ⁣⁣Following a hip replacement, these patients would then return to physical therapy for post-operative rehabilitation in order to restore their hip range of motion, strength, and function. ⁣⁣

Are you dealing with hip pain? Contact us on getting scheduled for an initial evaluation in order to start your road to recovery!  You can also learn more by visiting OrthoInfo.

Total Sports Therapy is Growing!

Total Sports Therapy is excited to announce we will be opening a new location in Glendale!

Since 2006, opening our doors in Cave Creek, we have grown to serve Phoenix at our Moon Valley location and North Phoenix at our Tramonto/Anthem location. We built our growth on the foundation of personalized, hands-on orthopedic physical therapy and great customer service.

Over the last few years we have been looking at potential locations in the Northwest Phoenix area and have found a great location and will begin building it out this March. Dr. Cory Tatman, physical therapist, will be our Clinical Director for our new Glendale location. Many of our patients at our Cave Creek location are familiar with Dr. Tatman’s quality of care and commitment to serving his patients. Be on the lookout for updates and Grand Opening!