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The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
McKenzie: Several exercise approaches can help low back pain, and physical therapists can instruct in williams and mckenzie approaches. Some specialized therapists can use felderkreis approaches. Best to have direct expert instruction prior to using these techniques. Although pilates is touted, need an expert to select safest approach. ...Read more
What's the cause?: Treatment of your sciatic nerve pain would depend on the cause. You may need imaging studies or other tests to determine the source of the pain. It could be a slipped disc (common) or there are other less common causes. Once your doctor has figured out the cause, treatment recommendations may be made, such as epidural steroids, physical therapy or even surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: How to relieve it depends on what is causing it. In many cases, sciatica responds very well to osteopathic manipulation. That would certainly be a good place to start. Ultimately, you need to know what is causing the problem to know how to treat it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sciatica: Sciatica refers to a pain that radiates into the lower extremities typically because of impingement of nerves exiting the lower spine. Less common is impingement in buttock area. One does not need necessarily to experience any buttock pain with sciatica. In fact, sciatica itself should not cause localized buttock pain. This is a misnomer when sciatica is confused with buttock pain. ...Read more
If the motoric (but not sensory) part of the sciatic nerve is compressed, what would be the typical progression of symptoms?
Weakness of ankle: In clinical state that is hard to separate the sensory from motor. Motor effects of the L5 and s1 roots are generally weakness of the ankle and foot. ...Read more
I seemed to have pinched my sciatic nerve. It's been about two weeks. A tough two weeks, should I be resting my back or doing stretches?
Generic suggestion: I have no details regarding your personal situation, but studies of low back pain, uniformly, indicate far better outcomes if patients are active, exercise, and even stretch. Many of those who wind up with back surgery stayed in bed and waited. I would far prefer you see a chiropractor or osteopath and get active. ...Read more
I have sciatic nerve issues & no insurance. I can't exercise because the pain is intense and taking over-the-counter medications don't help. Advice?
My sciatic nerve may be permanently damaged from leaving it irritated for 2 long is there anything i can do to improve this nerve so the pain lessens?
Sciatic Nerve : Chronic irritation or compression of the nerves in the back which travel downward towards the leg to form the sciatic nerve may lead to permanent nerve damage or neuropathy. Most of the symptoms resolve if the cause has been removed, sometime a very difficult task. Surgery, epidural injections and specific medication for treatment for neuropathy can be effective. ...Read more
Exercise: It really depends on the cause of your pain. Typically what is considered sciatic nerve pain comes from the back and is often a radiculopathy. Sometimes it can originate from a tight muscle known as the piriformis. Exercises the stabilize the spine, combined with oral steroid and occasionally an epidural may help for back associated leg pain. For piriformis, a therapist can assist with stretches. ...Read more
USUALLY disc disease: The sciatic nerve can 'get pinched' by a bulging disc in the low back. The mechanism of injury for bulging disc is usually some type of lifting injury with 'bent over posture' or twisting. I had a patient 'sneeze so hard' he developed a completely weak leg and had surgery the same day. Usually in men, another cause of sciatic compression is sitting on a wallet causing pain 'down the leg!'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wrong concept: There is a sciatic nerve in both legs. The sciatic nerve is formed primarily by branches of the lumbar 5 &sacral one nerve roots as they emerge from the lower spinal canal. An issue affecting the spinal canal or some problem large enough to affect the lumbar plexi in the pelvis bilaterally can cause bilateral sciatic distribution motor, pain or sensory functions. ...Read more
See answer: Establish a relationship with a dr. And get the area evaluated and properly diagnosed. Heat, rest, possible NSAID medication may be presribed. Physical therapy to the area may be helpful. Follow-up with the dr. Who orders and treats you if not better as the next step may be epidural injections, and or surgery depending on the severity, etc. Good luck. ...Read more
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