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is there such as thing as sciatica?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: The sciatic nerve runs from the buttocks to the foot, in the back of the leg. Inflammation of this nerve, usually from a herniated disk, causes sciatica. The pain can be quite intense, but usually get better with treatment. Physical therapy, oral and injectable steroids are typical treatments. Sometimes surgery is necessary to relieve symptoms.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 36 years experience
Yes: Sciatica is a layman term meaning pain that travels down the back of the leg. There are many possible causes. It is almost never caused by damage to the sciatic nerve.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Back & Leg Pain: Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the leg as a result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are recommended exercises for relieving sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
See a pain doc: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. 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 exercise will be best depending on your diagnosis.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
"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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do I lose 20lbs when I have sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are recommended exercises or stretches for sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
See a pain doctor: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. 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 exercise will be best depending 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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