Garden Home Physical Therapy and Acupuncture

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Sciatic Nerve Pain, Muscle Spasms, and Numbness

April 25th, 2010 · No Comments ·

I sought out Beth at Garden Home Physical Therapy and Acupuncture in March 2009 because of sciatic nerve pain, muscle spasms, and numbness in the back of my right leg caused by too much running, yard work, and dancing.  I couldn’t run or sleep, had trouble walking, and had a bad response to muscle relaxants and pain relievers prescribed by a physician, so looked to Physical Therapy for help.  As a student Physical Therapist Assistant, I wanted to learn as much as I could about my injury and take a very active role in my rehab.  Beth was very supportive of these goals.

Through a combination of soft tissue work, stretching, strengthening (particularly of core musculature), and acupuncture over several visits, she decreased the pain, eliminated the muscle spasms, and calmed the trigger points so that I could sleep again and begin the healing process.  Though it was hard to take almost three months off from running, it was necessary because I did not have adequate strength in my right leg to have a healthy running gait.  Beth gave me good alternatives (e.g. elliptical) to keep up my cardiovascular fitness and guidance on when I could resume running.  I’m now back to running 30-50 miles a week and have greater knowledge and body awareness that I can draw on for a lifetime.  Thank you, Beth!

C.K., Garden Home