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what are tips for relieving sciatica?

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Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 42 years experience
Sciatica: A quick and easy tip is do not keep your wallet in your back pocket. Also if you drive alot try a lumbar cushion. At work make sure if you sit at a desk that your chair is fairly firm. I have one of the aeron chairs and they provide great support and allow me to sit without back pain.
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Sciatica: Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
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 youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance.

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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.
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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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