A 24-year-old female asked:
how does sciatica heal on its own?
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 38 years experience
Depends on cause: Sciatica is an irritation of the sciatic nerve, formed from the outflow of low lumbar and sacral nerves that join in the middle buttocks to form the sciatic N. Therefore causes can involve pressure Over the N itself or irritation of any of its contributing Ns. Most often this is from L4 or L5 outflow. The piriformis muscle overlies the sciatic and can also spasm, causing symptoms. Treat the cause.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
What are common exercises to combat sciatica?
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Family Medicine 31 years experience
"Superman!": As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
How do I lose 20lbs when I have sciatica?
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Pain Management 23 years experience
Viscious Cycle: You need to treat the pain to feel better so you can exercise. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation with or without nerve impingment, facet joint irritation, sacroiliac joint irritation, piriformis syndrome. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what will be best to get you feeling better based on your diagnosis.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
What are some natural therapies for sciatica?
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Family Medicine 28 years experience
Stretch: One of my favorite treatments for sciatica(as i tell all my affected patients) is as follows: lay on your bed on your tummy; and position the affected side as close to the edge of your bed as you can get. Now simply allow your leg (not you!) to slide off; this will create gentle but effective traction on the pyriformis muscle which should relieve your sciatic nerve impingement.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Any way to heal sciatica?
10 doctor answers • 28 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Depends on cause: If the sciatica is from arthritis/bony overgrowth at the spine, the goal is to keep inflammation down (avoiding certain movements/activities, taking ibuprofen, etc). If the sciatica is from a muscle pull, physical therapy can help. If the sciatica is from trauma to the area, the symptoms will resolve with time.
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Does sciatica go away? and how long does it take to heal
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Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Sciatica refers to the development of symptoms such as pain or numbness that run down the leg from irritation of a nerve in the back. It's course depends in part on its underlying cause. Sciatica can resolve over time, but is also a common problem that sometimes we have to do more for. If it is going to resolve quickly it should get better over a 4-6 week period. Don't hesitate to be seen.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017
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