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How many times a day can I do the cobra stretch for sciatica and for how long do I hold this position?

How many times a day can I do the cobra stretch for sciatica and for how long do I hold this position?

Hard to Say: Typically the Cobra stretch is not recommended in people with low back injuries or sciatica. I would proceed with caution and if it hurts afterwards, suggest not doing it at all. ...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 stretches can I do to stretch out my sciatica?

What stretches can I do to stretch out my 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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Which stretches can I do to stretch out my sciatica nerve in the morning?

Which stretches can I do to stretch out my sciatica nerve in the morning?

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 kind of stretches can I do to stretch out my sciatica nerve in the morning?

What kind of stretches can I do to stretch out my sciatica nerve in the morning?

Get correct DX: You should see your pcp to establish the cause of your problem. Until then try dry/wet heat to the lower back, mackenzie exercises, and nsaids such as aleve, advil or tylenol (acetaminophen). ...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 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's the best way to recover from sciatica do you soak, or strech, what?

What's the best way to recover from sciatica do you soak, or strech, what?

Sciatica alternative: Outside of stretching and exercise, alternatives to healing sciatica are massage, acupuncture, heat, topical heating gels, chiropractic care, feldenkrais, physical therapy, Motrin for pain, natural supplements such as arnica to decrease inflammation. ...Read more

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Can I stretch or get massage while I'm in pain with discopathy and sciatica or it is contraindicated?

Can I stretch or get massage while I'm in pain with discopathy and sciatica or it is contraindicated?

Discopathy: There are many kinds of "massages". A light massage should not be a problem. "Stretching" ala yoga poses could be contraindicated. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have had sciatica for 3 weeks. I'm taking 2 alieve in the morning and night and also stretching. How long?

What do you suggest if I have had sciatica for 3 weeks. I'm taking 2 alieve in the morning and night and also stretching. How long?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...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?

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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I've been doing stretches that are supposed to be good for sciatica and piriformis syndrome, but I always hurt more later, what could be the cause?

I've been doing stretches that are supposed to be good for sciatica and piriformis syndrome, but I always hurt more later, what could be the cause?

Pelvis joints: The idea that you have pyriformis syndrome is a speculation. You might have a dysfunctional sacroiliac joint, and the exercises might be stretching these joints. An osteopth can help you to figure this out. See my chronic pain board at quora. Com (free) where I discuss these issues. ...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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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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I have Sciatica. While resting in bed, I made a stretch which aggravated my back. When I got up, my low back was tight when I walked. Is this temporary?

I have Sciatica. While resting in bed, I made a stretch which aggravated my back. When I got up, my low back was tight when I walked. Is this temporary?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Are there any stretches or excersises that I can do to help my sciatica? I'm a very healthy 27-year old man. I am very active, as I reguarly go to the gym and play sports. Over the past year, I've been experiencing sciatica from time to time. At some tim

Are there any stretches or excersises that I can do to help my sciatica? I'm a very healthy 27-year old man. I am very active, as I reguarly go to the gym and play sports. Over the past year, I've been experiencing sciatica from time to time. At some tim

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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Have painful herniated disc with sciatica/ bursitis. Turned down surgery for now. Should I rest or stretch and be active to heal?

Have painful herniated disc with sciatica/ bursitis. Turned down surgery for now. Should I rest or stretch and be active to heal?

Depends: First, conservative therapy is associated with longer duration pain, and physical disability at one year according to a Swiss/Canadian study recently published. The usual conservative treatment is Physical Therapy, which will typically be 'active' although certainly will have stretching associated with it. ...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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