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What are good sciatica pt like exercises?

What are good sciatica pt like exercises?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more


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What are recommended exercises or stretches for sciatica?

What are recommended exercises or stretches for sciatica?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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What exercises combat sciatica?

What exercises combat sciatica?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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What are recommended exercises for relieving sciatica?

What are recommended exercises for relieving sciatica?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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Can particular stretching exercises help treat sciatica?

Can particular stretching exercises help treat sciatica?

Maybe: It is conventional to use exercises for the treatment of sciatica and a variety of back conditions. These exercises should be specifically tailored for your particular needs. ...Read more

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Are there any particularly good exercises for sciatica?

Are there any particularly good exercises for sciatica?

Yes: Mckenzie exercises are generally prescribed for sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy. Ideally, a physical therapist will design a customized exercise program for your particular problem. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to mitigate the pain of sciatica?

What exercises can I do to mitigate the pain of sciatica?

Pain specialist 1st: 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. ...Read more

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What physical exercises should be done for persons having sciatica problems?

What physical exercises should be done for persons having sciatica problems?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for sciatica pain?

What are some good exercises for sciatica pain?

Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning & any repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume those exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardiovascular workouts may help except for rowing & maybe running. If you did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control & not smoking are key. ...Read more

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Exercise ball for sciatica pain, is this good?

Exercise ball for sciatica pain, is this good?

Yes: Will help build core muscle strengthening around spine and nerves. However remember sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause a disc herniation to worsen resulting in more pain. ...Read more

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Are there exercises which can help with my sciatica pain?

Are there exercises which can help with my sciatica pain?

Non impact: Walking, swimming, and riding a bike are usually O.K. Avoid running, jumping, bouncing, overhead lifting or squats with weights. ...Read more

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I have what I suppose could be called mild sciatica. Is it ok if I do front crawl as a form of exercise?

I have what I suppose could be called mild sciatica. Is it ok if I do front crawl as a form of exercise?

Potentially: When you have sciatica, it is good to stay reasonably active, but you want to avoid aggravating it as well. You could try a small amount T first and if it does not aggravate it you could gradually increase the duration. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some exercise ball for sciatica pain?

Can you tell me some exercise ball for sciatica pain?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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Can massage or stretching exercise relief sciatica pain or it is contraindicated??

Can massage or stretching exercise relief sciatica pain or it is contraindicated??

Sure: Most times Massage/Stretching will help muscle pain due to the back pain. If it doesn't help enough, recommend seeing your doctor for a workup. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with sciatica nerve pain. Need some help with stretches, exercises, etc?

Sure.: Certain posture maneuvers, including the cat-camel stretch may provide some relief, espcially if the cause is root irritation. Long term core strengthening will also help to unload bulging disks and maintain foraminal openings. A pain specialist would gladly help you identify multiple approaches to resolving your sciatic symptoms. Identifying the underlying cause will help determine the plan. ...Read more

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Sciatica what exercise can I do to help with my back? Also my knees hurt so much I struggle to get out of bed sometimes

Sciatica what exercise can I do to help with my back? Also my knees hurt so much I struggle to get out of bed sometimes

Exercise: There are a combination of back and core stretches and exercises for sciatic pain. Usually it is best to start with a visit to a physical therpist. If it is both knees, and there was no trauma, suggest a visit to primary care doc initially to r/o rheumatological sources for the pain, i.E rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc. ...Read more

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I keep reading that lt exercise and stretching are good for sciatica leg pain, but what if that just causes more pain? I'm in bed when I'm not at work

I keep reading that lt exercise and stretching are good for sciatica leg pain, but what if that just causes more pain? I'm in bed when I'm not at work

Should be evaluated: If back and leg pain persist despite exercise and rest, it likely reflects a more significant problem causing nerve compression and should be more thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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I've be have problems with my back which I believe is stress related as I have been under day to day emotional stress for the last 9 months. Is there any small exercises I can do? I believe it might me a sciatica problem. Many thanks

I've be have problems with my back which I believe is stress related as I have been under day to day emotional stress for the last 9 months. Is there any small exercises I can do? I believe it might me a sciatica problem. Many thanks

Core strengthening: Exercises that strengthen the core can be helpful in maintaining integrity and reduce stress on the spine. Typically disc herniations will resolve on their own as soon as 3-6 weeks or as late as 6-9 months. Just depends on how you take care of yourself, exercise, anti-inflammatories, tylenol (acetaminophen) and if you need to lose weight that will help immensely. ...Read more

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Is bed rest for 7 days good for sciatica pain? Or is it better to exercise lightly?

Is bed rest for 7 days good for sciatica pain? Or is it better to exercise lightly?

Stay active: Our bodies are meant to move. Staying as active as you can without aggravating your symptoms is important for recovery. Physical therapy helps many people with sciatica, and will help you learn safer ways to use your body to prevent relapse of symptoms. ...Read more

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When can I start stretching exercises to help my sciatica? I just started a steroid dose pack.

When can I start stretching exercises to help my sciatica? I just started a steroid dose pack.

Anytime: However, be aware that it might hurt to do the exercises. General rule should be if you continue to hurt more AFTER completing the exercises then you may want to wait until you feel abit better to start those. ...Read more

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Having sciatica pain for past 4 weeks now. Doc advised me some painkillers which I refuse to take. Exercise makes better but for few hours only.

Having sciatica pain for past 4 weeks now. Doc advised me some painkillers which I refuse to take. Exercise makes better but for few hours only.

Patience needed: Pain due to sciatica, usually lasts 6-8 wks. Be patient and be diligent with PT and exercise regularly for this to resolve in due course. ...Read more

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Does exercise make sciatica or posterior pelvic pain worse when pregnant?

Hard to Say: When pregnant, there are so many things going on. Your hormones are very different causing your ligaments to stretch quite a bit especially in the pelvis resulting in pain. Also the baby's position can place stress on your spine resulting in bulging discs or even herniated disks causing the sciatica pain. Recommend seeing a pregnancy specialized therapist that can guide you through this. ...Read more

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What home exercises can I do for fibromyalgia and get sciatica pain down my legs?

What home exercises can I do for fibromyalgia and get sciatica pain down my legs?

Yoga: Dr. Mooney (uc san diego, orthopedist, emeritus) showed that strengthening opposite side (contralateral) latissimus dorsi & same side (ipsilateral) gluteus maximus muscles stabilized subluxing sacroiliac joint (sij), commonly accompanied by sciatica. Yoga posture called "superman" evokes strengthening of this strap muscle mechanism & relatively stabilizes underlying sij. Physical therapy to learn. ...Read more

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My active, fit husband fell while playing tennis because of weakness in his leg. He does exercises for his back, but has sciatica, too, now. Why?

My active, fit husband fell while playing tennis because of weakness in his leg. He does exercises for his back, but has sciatica, too, now. Why?

Sciatica: Herniated disc many time does not cause symptom when it does is b/c it's touching the nerve. Bending forward is the common way to bulge the disc back toward the nerve therefore causing shooting pain below the knee. See doctor for exam. ...Read more

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What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?

What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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When doing pelvic floor exercises I sometimes get sharp pain in back or sciatica pain running down leg? I have no spine problems.

When doing pelvic floor exercises I sometimes get sharp pain in back or sciatica pain running down leg? I have no spine problems.

Sciatic nerve: The sciatic nerve comes out of an area of the pelvic floor muscles. If you are contracting these muscles or if they are inflamed / irritated the sciatic nerve can be irritated. Stretching and chiropractic would be helpful. Also, there are Physical Therapists specifically trained to improve pelvic floor tone. ...Read more

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I got sciatica, my left knee & toe is hurt. Let me know the process of treatment and therapeutic exercises to improve. Which drugs can I use? Thanks!

I got sciatica, my left knee & toe is hurt. Let me know the process of treatment and therapeutic exercises to improve. Which drugs can I use? Thanks!

Sciatica: The primary task is to differentiate piriformis syndrome from discogenic sciatica. In my experience, few doctors examine the piriformis muscle/sciatica apparatus and miss the diagnosis. Similar exercises but not the same.
Look that up, then proceed. Abs Abs Abs are the key to any rehab program. I like using the exercise ball. Resistaball has some good strategies. ...Read more

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I was doing the hamstring leg curl exercise when suddenly I felt a sharp pain near my groin area. It almost felt like testicular pain. Is it sciatica?

I was doing the hamstring leg curl exercise when suddenly I felt a sharp pain near my groin area. It almost felt like testicular pain. Is it sciatica?

More like Groinatica: You likely stretched your inguinal ligament OR you may have stretched one of your upper lumbar nerves which can shoot pain into that area due to the way you were doing the exercise. You may need REST & to back off of the weights. Go LIGHT coming back (real light), ramp up to heavier weights slowly to avoid the same injury. Time to consolidate something like this can be SEVERAL WEEKS or longer.. ...Read more

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Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

SWIMMING: Would be very beneficial for you! Make sure your diet contains enough Calcium (or obtain Calcium Supplements) and vitamin D (You should check these with your PCP!
You ahould also consider a "fresh" evaluation by a SPINE Specialist!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Are roller chairs bad for low back pain?

Are roller chairs bad for low back pain?

No: Roller chairs are not bad for low back pain though I'm not sure they do any good, either. ...Read more

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Are there any good ergonomic chairs for low back pain?

Are there any good ergonomic chairs for low back pain?

Not necessarily: Studies are mixed with main conclusion is that it's not the chair but the tasks you perform, how long you sit, and your posture. Best is to take frequent stretch breaks, do posture checks, and get up and walk. ...Read more

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Can exercise usually help low back pain?

Yes: Of all of the treatments touted to help low back pain, exercise has consistently shown to be one of, if not the best way to treat lower back pain. There is no one "right" exercise for all people with back pain. Studies have shown that people who do any kind of exercise to keep themselves physically fit tend to have lower rates of back pain than people who do not exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Can exercise help or hurt low back pain?

Can exercise help or hurt low back pain?

Yes: Both can occur. Supervised physical therapy can alleviate problems with exercise induced pain but sometimes even therapy aggravates the pain. Diagnosis is key and will drive the recommendations. ...Read more

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Can you recommend good low back pain exercises?

Yes: Check my stretches at this web site: http://harvardneurosurgeon. Com/pt2.Html. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are good low back pain exercises?

Can you tell me if there are good low back pain exercises?

Core: Core excercises are very good for low back pain. There are several examples of "core exercises" on the internet. Your physical therapist should also be able to show you examples. It is also important to stay flexible with emphasis on stretching your hamstrings. ...Read more