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will stretching help alleviate sciatic nerve pain?

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Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
It might help: Best to get evaluated, perhaps a prescription for physical therapy if that's possible. Also sciatica doesn't just happen - it may be a result of accumulation of small injuries and postural contributors (even from a long-ago sprained ankle that changed your leg, pelvic and lower back alignment) or trauma. Get to a good osteopathic physician for adjustment, or to a physical rehab doctor.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
It may depending on: The cause of the sciatica and the type of stretching but this is only one part of a comprehensive exercise program for symptom control which would include core muscle strengthening and cardiovascular exercises.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Sure: Most times Massage/Stretching will help muscle pain due to the back pain. If it doesn't help enough, recommend seeing your doctor for a workup.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can stretching help alleviate sciatic nerve pain?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Yes: Especially if it is due to piriformis syndrome. If it is due to an irritated nerve root, stretching will heko in the long run, as will core strengthening. However, sciatic pain can be from a herniated disc and you should speak with your physician first if any stretching makes it worse or if you suspect disc issues.

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