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Doctor insights on: Exercises For Sciatica Sufferers

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What are some good exercises for arthritis sufferers?

What are some good exercises for arthritis sufferers?

Several: Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, stretching your joints and back in bed can really help. Follow link to discussion of exercise for rheumatoid arthritis though the ideas hold true for any arthritis. http://tinyurl.com/cux7hw7 for flexibility: yoga, TIA chi to "grease" joint lining: walking, swimming to balance joints & prevent falls: gentle strength training. ...Read more

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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 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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What are effective yoga positions for back pain relief?

What are effective yoga positions for back pain relief?

Gentle Stretching: Gentle poses that stretch the psoas and quadratus lumborum musculature can often be helpful in treating/preventing low back pain. Positions such as downward dog, cobra and "warrior 1" can help. However, it is best to use these positions as part of a broader yoga routine. I recommend taking a local yoga class to learn how to safely and gently utilize these forms. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work for sciatica pain?

Can acupuncture work for sciatica pain?

Possibly: Although not understood fully, acupuncture has shown good success in some pain syndromes. Only way to know is try it out. If after a few treatments you can't see a difference I would seek out a pain/spine specialist for other options. ...Read more

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Workouts for people with herniated discs advised?

Workouts for people with herniated discs advised?

Depends: A lot depends on positions that cause problems (bending forward or back). This has an impact in exercises that help. So if you have pain with sitting or bending forward then do exercises in standing or neutral spine positions (elliptical), if the opposite consider things like recumbent bike. Either way avoid exercises where you have to bear down. ...Read more

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Which exercises do experts commonly recommend for relieving back pain due to scoliosis?

Which exercises do experts commonly recommend for relieving back pain due to scoliosis?

Scoliosis: Unless your curve is severe (50-70° or more), your pain is probably typical mechanical or muscular. Degenerative is certainly another source. Scoliosis patients are no more likely than those with straight spines to have pain. I would recommend pilates/piyo/yoga for core strength. If that fails, then potentially seeing a mckenzie certified pt would be best. This would require a doc's rx. ...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 yoga positions for back pain relief?

What are recommended yoga positions for back pain relief?

Experiment: Yoga is a way to stretch. Keeping your "core" (tummy and back muscles) limber and strong can help reduce back pain. Experiment with the movements and positions. Choose those that work the "core." a little discomfort is okay. If a position is really uncomfortable (during or after), try something different. ...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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Best post isometric exercise for pirriformis muscle ?

Best post isometric exercise for pirriformis muscle ?

Check out this link: Stay healthy and keep on exercising. Take care! http://healthyliving.Azcentral.Com/piriformis-strengthening-exercises-3944.Html. ...Read more

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How effective is exercise and stretching for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

How effective is exercise and stretching for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

Effective: Exercises is very important and beneficial complementary option for Ankylosing spondylitis. swimming, and using exercise ball are good option. you also need to follow up with your rheumatologist for therapeutic modalities ...Read more

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Which exercises for tendonitis pain?

Which exercises for tendonitis pain?

Need more info: It depends on the location of the tendinitis. I suggest you resubmit your question with more specific info. ...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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What exercises would you recommend for sufferers of osteoarthritis?

What exercises would you recommend for sufferers of osteoarthritis?

Range of Motion: Usually for Osteoarthritis you want to continue range of motion exercises for the joints with some mild weight bearing exercises as well. ...Read more

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How does acupuncture help pain management for severe back/leg pain with sciatic pain?

How does acupuncture help pain management for severe back/leg pain with sciatic pain?

Acupuncture: It is considered a viable additional or adjunctive therapy that can help contribute to relief. Acupuncture involves placement of almost microscopic needle tips into 'meridians'. It is not painful. ...Read more

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Chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy - which is the best treatment for back pain?

Chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy - which is the best treatment for back pain?

All and none: Everything depends what is the cause for pain. If your family doctors rules out serious pathology, i.e. Fracture, cancer, infection, etc., then try acupuncture, pt, chiropractor, depending on your preferences. Stay away from motrin, alive, celebrex, (celecoxib) etc. There is no inflammation with back pain. Use of this type of drugs actually proven to delay healing in spite of "helping"(more like masking) pain. ...Read more

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