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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Sciatica: Sciatica can be caused from a variety of conditions. Most commonly, a ruptured disc causes impingement of the nerve root. Patients with diabetes are s ... Read More
Dr. Darrell Herrington
33 years experience Family Medicine
Heat: As a general rule, use ice for any acute injury, for 24-48 hrs. This helps to prevent fluid loss at the injury site. After that, use heat to dilate va ... Read More
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Sciatica: You can try ice and heat or either. It depends on how each one makes you feel. Some people like doing heat applications for 10 minutes and then puttin ... Read More

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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Disks: Since I don't consider a flare up of nerve impingement caused by a herniated intervertebral disc an acute injury, I think immediately going to heat ap ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Guy Fogel
Dr. Guy Fogel answered
43 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Hamstring stretches: Sounds like pressure on a nerve root in your back probably L5 or s1. Stretching the hamstrings may help but i recommend you see a physician and have i ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Inwood
34 years experience Podiatry
Sciatica: There are no real stretches for sciatica as that is nerve compression. See your physician or neurologist before you do anything to make it worse.
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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May require NSAIDS : or prednisone ( a cortisone derivative ) , or use of high dose NSAIDS ( ibuprofen-600-800 mg) or naproxen sodium ( Aleve)- 200- 500mg . It is often n ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chintan Sampat
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other ra ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Probably not: You would want to make sure you are not using the heating pad to the extent it is causing a burn or other soft tissue injury to the area. In general, ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
20 years experience Geriatrics
NSAIDS: Your next step is to try anti-inflammatory meds such as Motrin or aleve (naproxen). You might also get relief with the help of a chiropractor. If none ... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Engrav
30 years experience Emergency Medicine
It : It could be your hip, and it could also be from your spine. Spinal pain can cause foot numbness and pain going down your leg. As your foot is numb, ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Calf pain: Consider posterior tibial is tendon dysfunction with your fallen arch. May be residua of pinched nerve. Consider DVT also as a more ominous condition.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Sciatic pain: Yes. Ice is an excellent anti-inflammatory option. Try alternating moist heat to relax muscles and ice to reduce swelling. Physical therapy and stretc ... Read More
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