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Is it ok to play basketball when having an inflamed sciatic nerve?

Is it ok to play basketball when having an inflamed sciatic nerve?

No: The constant running, jumping and twisting required to play basketball will tend to make it worse. Sciatica needs time to resolve. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

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


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What is a good exercise for someone with sciatic nerve problems?

What is a good exercise for someone with sciatic nerve problems?

Stretching perhaps: We feel that inactivity can make sciatica worse, and do know that many discs can dry out (dessicate) over 9-10 months. Traditional exercise programs use williams exercises, but the newer mckenzie program is more effective. Gentle, supervised pilates, and feldenkreis may benefit. Proper gradual stretching is very useful. Learn these approaches from an expert physical therapist. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Sciatica: That is tough as I am sure you are in PAIN. Have you tried ice right on the Sciatic Area and one day bed rest. Also to maximize OTC inflammatory to prescription strength would be 2 allege twice a day ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a stretch or exercise that can help relieve my sciatic nerve pain?

Please tell me if there is a stretch or exercise that can help relieve my sciatic nerve 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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I am pregnant 2m and I had sciatic nerve pain but feel better now and light pain. Can I drive a car and start exercise like walking or stretching?

I am pregnant 2m and I had sciatic nerve pain but feel better now and light pain. Can I drive a car and start exercise like walking or stretching?

Yes: You should discuss with your OB too. You should be fine to walk, stretch, lift light weights, yoga, etc as long as the exercises feel ok. Seeing a physical therapist can help to give you guidelines on good exercises as well. ...Read more

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How can I treat my sciatic nerve?

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

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How can you injure your sciatic nerve?

How can you injure your sciatic nerve?

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 more

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How do you fix a pinched sciatic nerve?

4 things: Surgical decompression (not to be confused with chiropractic so-called decompression)
epidural steroid injections
spinal physical therapy
"tincture of time" since the natural history of sciatica tends to be one of spontaneous healing. ...Read more

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Can the sciatic nerve affect both sides?

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

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What can I do for a sciatic nerve problem.

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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How to tell if my sciatic nerve is pinched?

Physical exam: Findings confirmed by mri. It can be pinched either in the spine or in the piriformis muscle. ...Read more

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What should I do for a pinched sciatic nerve?

Rehabilitation: As much as possible. Most of these will resolve on their own, but...Be seen by a doctor, get an exam, imaging study and treatment recommendation for best possible outcome. ...Read more

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Can your sciatic nerve be hurt by getting hit?

Yes: Any trauma that compresses the sciatic nerve, either directly or by causing bone fragments to do so, can cause sciatica. Examples include motor vehicle accidents, falling down, football and other sports. ...Read more

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What happends if I got a shot in my sciatic nerve?

Pain relief: If you're having sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, an injection may provide temporary pain relief. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of sciatic nerve injuries?

Variable: Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own.

Sciatica pain can vary widely. It may feel like a mild tingling, dull ache, or a burning sensation. In some cases, the pain is severe enough to make a person unable to move. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are pinched sciatic nerve symptoms?

I was wondering what are pinched sciatic nerve symptoms?

Bachache: Back pain usually one sided satrting in the back and radiating behind the leg sometimes to the big toe worse on bending ...Read more

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What are suggested excercises for a pinched sciatic nerve?

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

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Is it possible to get a medical card for my sciatic nerve?

Medicaid: You would need to contact the department of medicaid in your area and ask them. ...Read more

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What is the best exercises for sciatic nerve to make the pain gone?

Core: Core excercise is the best treatment for spine problems associated with sciatica. See a physical therapist for instructions on an excercise program you can do on your own. ...Read more

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Is there any way to fix the sciatic nerve once it has been damaged?

Is there any way to fix the sciatic nerve once it has been damaged?

Sciatic nerve damage: It really depends on the reason and the extend of the damage. If it was cut, or crushed, recovery can be unpredictable. If it was just compressed for a ong time, there is a good chance for reconvery. All cases vary, and an emg/ncv study can help a lot over long-term reconvery. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I know if my pain is a sciatic nerve or something more serious?

How do I know if my pain is a sciatic nerve or something more serious?

Need MRI: If you are concerned, I would consider asking your physician to order you an MRI to evaluate your spine. ...Read more

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What are common injuries that can occur in relation to the sciatic nerve?

What are common injuries that can occur in relation to the sciatic nerve?

Rare: Injuries to the sciatic nerve in the leg directly are rare and usually due to penetration injury like knife injuries. Sometimes, post op from hip replacement or hip dislocation and or pelvis fracture, the sciatic nerve can be injured. Disc herniations in the lower back can compress a spinal nerve that becomes part of the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sciatic nerve to heal? What can I do for the pain?

Depends on the cause: Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. Treatment may vary depending on the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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Got a pinched sciatic nerve... What's your best suggestion for immediate relief???

Got a pinched sciatic nerve... What's your best suggestion for immediate relief???

Couple choices: Perhaps you might respond to an epidural steroid injection at the sight of the compressed nerve root. But maybe a better approach is physical therapy. One caveat, do NOT rest and stay in bed, be active, up and about, as that will shorten debility. ...Read more

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How long should it take for the sciatic nerve to recuperate after the herniated portion of the disk was removed?

Variable Recovery: The neurologic symptoms of a disc herniation, including that of pain, dysthesia, and weakness, often demonstrate dramatic recovery with a laminectomy with disc excision. There are cases where nerve root recovery is not complete, due to multiple variables associated with this pathology. In such cases, recovery can occur over months or years. Sometimes, the damage may be permanent. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Sciatic Nerve (Definition)

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