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can i do kaleisthenics with sciatica?

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Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Generally yes: Calisthenics are not likely to damage a pinched nerve root, and they may help. They may aggravate the pain as well, though. This is unlikely to be damaging, but will be uncomfortable, and you should stop if this occurs. The best option is to talk to your doctor and your physical therapist about the exercises you plan to do and whether they might help or make the pain worse.
Dr. Patrick Roth
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
This is a tough question to answer as it depends on what type of calisthenics you have in mind. It is important to distinguish between isometric calisthenics and those that require a range of motion for the back. For example, push ups are isometric for the back and present virtually no risk. Sit ups, on the other hand, carry risk and thus more risk. Trial and error will have more value than an MD
Mar 22, 2014
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Sure: It's possible to help. typically core strengthening exercises help the most to reduce forces in the spine.

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What are recommended exercises for relieving sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
See a pain doc: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. 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 exercise will be best depending on your diagnosis.
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What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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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How do I lose 20lbs when I have sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
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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What are recommended exercises or stretches for sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
See a pain doctor: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. 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 exercise will be best depending on your diagnosis.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are some natural therapies for sciatica?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
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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