A female asked:
does swimming improve sciatica?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Udit Patel answered
18 years experience Pain Management
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.
Answered on Dec 11, 2013
Dr. Soren Singel answered
28 years experience Neurosurgery
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.
Answered on Apr 20, 2014
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