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A 50-year-old female asked:

what can you do or take for sciatica?

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Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
Rest: Traction, mckenzie exercises, muscle relaxant, time.
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 33 years experience
Therapy: Treatment of sciatica includes the combination of medication and physical therapy. Best to see your physician that you have sciatica and not a lumbar radiculopathy.
Dr. Cesar Sturla
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Physical therapy: Find the reason for sciatica: usually l5-s1 disc disease or spondylosis. Sometime traction helps.
Dr. Robert Grieco
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Right diagnosis: Sciatica is a general term referring to back pain that goes into the leg. That is usually from pinched nerves as they come out of the back. But the nerves can be pinched in several different places and there can also be pain from the muscles and ligaments. General measures like heat, pt, nsaids, easy exercise helps but need to have the right diagnosis. Start with pcp. Good health.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Stretch and Exercise: At your age, i would suggest stretching out and working in strengthening your cores muscles. Take some anti-inflammatories around the clock for the next few days. If you do not improve after a few days, i would consider evaluation by your doctor for further testing and treatment options like epidural steroid injections.

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What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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"Superman!": As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side.
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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
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Viscious Cycle: You need to treat the pain to feel better so you can exercise. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation with or without nerve impingment, facet joint irritation, sacroiliac joint irritation, piriformis syndrome. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what will be best to get you feeling better based on your diagnosis.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are some natural therapies for sciatica?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Stretch: One of my favorite treatments for sciatica(as i tell all my affected patients) is as follows: lay on your bed on your tummy; and position the affected side as close to the edge of your bed as you can get. Now simply allow your leg (not you!) to slide off; this will create gentle but effective traction on the pyriformis muscle which should relieve your sciatic nerve impingement.
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A 50-year-old female asked about a 53-year-old male:

What can a person do or take for sciatica?

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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Heat,ice: And an ant-inflammatory unless contraindicated. If not better see your doctor.
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Does sciatica go away? and how long does it take to heal

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Sciatica refers to the development of symptoms such as pain or numbness that run down the leg from irritation of a nerve in the back. It's course depends in part on its underlying cause. Sciatica can resolve over time, but is also a common problem that sometimes we have to do more for. If it is going to resolve quickly it should get better over a 4-6 week period. Don't hesitate to be seen.

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