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Does swimming improve sciatica?

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Dr. Udit Patel
Pain Management 20 years experience
Determining Sciatica: Sciatica is a general term for leg pain. It is best to see a physician to determine the root cause of the pain. A proper recommendation can be made after a proper history, physical examination and any necessary imaging are obtained.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Often beneficial: Swimming strengthens paraspinous muscles and is very beneficial. Whether it helps in the acute phase of sciatica very much depends on how inflamed the nerve is and where the disc herniation and/or bone spur is relative to the nerve root. While generally beneficial, swimming may aggravate the pain, in which case rest, anti-inflammatory meds and possibly micro-discectomy may help.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
One option you can discuss with your provider is acupuncture. It can help with pain & inflammation that is associated with Sciatica.
May 18, 2013
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Less stress on Spine: with swimming, however hard to say if it will help. Likely the less stress will allow the disk to heal quicker

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