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Simple 30-Seconds Self Test For Sciatica

Is your lower back or leg pain, numbness, or tingling due to SCIATICA?

Find out in this simple 30-seconds self-test


Have you or someone you know and care about ever missed work due to sciatica or back pain?

Missed out on a family vacation or activity because you were afraid to aggravate your sciatica?

Found yourself worrying more about your pain, numbness, and tingling rather than living your life?


Dear Fellow NW Indiana Resident,


Lower back pain and sciatica can really be a “pain in the butt.”

You know what I mean…


…you get frustrated because you can’t get through the store aisles without leaning on the cart.

…you feel helpless and embarrassed because you have to sit down after every few minutes of standing or walking, asking people to wait for you

…you just can’t get a good night’s rest, almost finding it impossible to get  a comfortable position


And what’s worse is, it can play with your mind…

…you start worrying that something else might be horribly wrong

…you get concerned with all the dangerous side effects from the pain pills you’re taking just to get by

…you get depressed, feeling like you’re disappointing your friends, loved ones, and family


What is sciatica?

 Sciatica is a condition most people refer to when they experience pain down their leg due to a problem in the back or buttocks.

Simply put, sciatica has 3 common causes:

  1. Herniated Discs
  2. Stenosis or Arthritis
  3. Pelvic or sacroiliac joint problem

When you match the right treatment with the right cause, the symptoms should go away.

But if you do the wrong type of treatment, let’s say for herniated disc when in fact you are suffering from stenosis or arthritis, then the condition will get aggravated.


Here’s the test…

 Sit on a comfortable chair with your back unsupported.

Now slump…and look down.

Now raise and straighten one leg, with toes in the air.

Repeat for the other side.

If your leg with pain, numbness, or tingling does not go up as high as the other leg, or this maneuver makes your symptoms worse, you likely have sciatica.

Your next step is to see what’s causing the pressure on your sciatic nerve.


FREE Sciatic Nerve Check-Up Event

Monday and Tuesday November 14 and 15, 2016

 In celebration of Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day, Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists will host a FREE Sciatic Nerve Check-Up Event on the following dates and locations:

  • Monday November 14, 2016 at our Valparaiso office (3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8- next to the Valpo YMCA)
  • Tuesday November 15, 2016 at our Crown Point office (11055 Broadway, Suite B- south of Tech Credit Union)

During the event, each attendee will receive:

  1. One on one FREE consultation time with one of our Sciatica Specialist physical therapists.
  2. You will discover tips on how to:
  • Know what’s causing your sciatica
  • Correct the cause of your pain and speed up the healing process
  • Prevent your back pain and sciatica from getting worse

We have 23 FREE consultation spots available for each location. To hold your spot, please call 219-202-2500 in Valparaiso, or 219-203-3100 in Crown Point or you may sign up by clicking here..



Arlan Alburo

Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists

PS-Call 219-202-2500 in Valpo or 219-203-3100 in Crown Point or you may sign up by clicking here to hold your spot for the FREE Sciatic Nerve Check-Up Event on November 14 and 15 in celebration of Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day.

PPS- Only 23 spots available for each location.

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Timothy Knopf
Timothy Knopf
20:18 30 Oct 19
Best therapy place around. I would recommend this place to everyone. They have the best group of therapists around.
Mitchell Udowitz
Mitchell Udowitz
20:43 27 Oct 19
I have been to two Physical Therapy places prior to finding Orthopedic & Balance Therapy in Valparaiso. While they were ok they don’t hold a candle to Orthopedic & Balance Therapy. OBT team works as one in harmony and they stay on top of the latest technology for their patients. Their team is so very knowledgeable and very friendly plus they generally care about what they are doing and it shows. They are concerned about the whole person not just the injury they need to be treated for.
Barbara Serynek
Barbara Serynek
18:52 03 Oct 19
The entire staff has been very pleasant, professional and accommodating. Both Kristen and Joe have given me the best massages. Kate and Kollin made sure that I was doing my excercises and helped to move things along. Feeling better every visit. I'm so glad that I chose Orthopedic & Balance.
Heidi Richardson
Heidi Richardson
17:00 19 Sep 19
I went to physical therapy not expecting it to do very much to help because that’s the way I approach everything with low expectations. Noel and his team have made my neck feel so much better that it puts me in a more positive mood each day and I actually feel more positive and more productive on a day-to-day basis..
Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell
16:26 14 Aug 19
I could barely walk into OBTS six weeks ago. I had very bad lower back and hip pain. The progress has been life changing for me. I always walk out of there with little or no pain. The staff, Laura, Dr Diane, Angie and, of course, Peggy, have taught me so much to keep my pain at bay. I highly recommend this team.
Nancy Guenther
Nancy Guenther
15:28 12 Jul 19
Absolutely awesome! My walking has improved 110%. And my pain level is zero. I highly recommend them. will be amazed how much better you feel.
Tracie Baxter
Tracie Baxter
20:24 03 Jul 19
This was the only place that could help with my TMJ. If you’re suffering from TMJ go see Noel! He really understands the condition. I no long have to deal with constant pain! The whole staff at this office is amazing and very welcoming.
Cindy Standiford
Cindy Standiford
21:33 28 Jun 19
The whole team is great!! I’m getting great care! I recommend Orthopedic & Balance for any issues you might have.
Joseph Mulholland
Joseph Mulholland
19:53 09 May 19
Amazing staff and amazing care. I came in barely able to stand up straight due to a back injury. After 6 weeks, I feel like brand new. Everyone was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
Trool u
Trool u
19:44 24 Apr 19
I am a PTA student that was required 16 hours of observation time. I had the pleasure of completing my hours at this Valpo location. The staff is incredibly friendly. They were quick to make me feel at home. In a way I was sad to leave, but happy to continue on. I hope to eventually work in this field with a work family this caring and knowledgeable about their profession.
sharon Kramer
sharon Kramer
16:23 18 Apr 19
My experience has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience in getting me to feeling better. The staff does a remarkable job and are fully qualified in their respective areas. The staff made it fun coming here and they were very caring and helpful with their clients!!
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
15:32 27 Aug 18
My first experience with OBTS was very positive. During the course of my 13 therapy sessions I worked with many different therapists and all of them were professional and competent. They were able to help me effectively control my pain without medication using their therapy program. Unfortunately, they could not get my physical condition back to the same ability as before. However, this is due to the fact that it was later determined by my doctors that I required surgery. I plan on returning to OBTS for my post-op physical therapy and have already scheduled my evaluation appointment. Scheduling seems to be a challenge sometimes but that's probably an indication of their patient's satisfaction and good reviews. Thank you OBTS!
Arlene Gross
Arlene Gross
15:58 22 Jun 18
Everyone that worked with me was helpful. I enjoyed watching the staff interact as they worked as they laughed and smiled making me feel that it was fun to exercise. My knee pain is less and I look forward to having the same results with my back.
Jose Ico
Jose Ico
12:43 27 Apr 18
My wife and I have been coming here for a year. They have wonderful customer service and the treatments were great. I could say that since coming here for treatments, I am now able to walk properly and sleep well at nights. They help you in the best way possible. The people here are great and we definitely recommend it to everyone!
Paul Grant
Paul Grant
21:51 03 Apr 18
I have read lots of reviews that say "the entire staff of ..." is great, and you know that it is BS.. .. Butt at OBTS that statement is true. The person answering the phone, appointment setting they work around my schedule. It is truly a team concept. Everyone that has work with/on me keeps me focus on getting healthy to play golf.... Even those employees that haven't work with/on me are upbeat, positive and encouraging both their patients and me..... follow up phone calls, positive, hand written notes of encouragement, reminding me to do my homework so I can play golf this year. Great Employees, Great Business!.
Diane Burns
Diane Burns
02:30 16 Mar 18
I’ve had an incredible experience here at OBTS. In just two and half weeks I’ve seen and felt remarkable results. My hip mobility has improved by 30%. I credit the excellent physical therapists and the deep tissue laser therapy for my gains. I’ve gone from walking with a limp and pain everyday to walking normally and know that I’ll be back to running in the future. Every single person is warm and friendly here. Great place!
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