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How do you help someone with a trapped sciatica nerve?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 19 years experience
Multiple ways: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections, etc). Anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. If these treatments aren't helpful, surgery may be indicated.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Diagnosis: Find the nerve pinch and rlieeve the pressure.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 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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