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How would sports fitness trainers treat lumbar sciatica, the pain that radiates from hip to toe?

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Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 24 years experience
Not recommended: Causes of sciatica should be evaluated by a sports medicine professsional in order to properly direct treatment. Pain may be coming from a herniated disk, arthritis in the neural foramina (opening in the bony spine that the sciatic nerve exits in the low back), or other areas. Physical therapy, medication, injections may be warranted depending on the severity.
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 suspect that the athletic trainer will work on these with you. Unlikely besides exercises and stretching will they be able to offer more. Sometimes this is all you need.

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Last updated Oct 24, 2017

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