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What are recommended exercises for relieving sciatica?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Called McKenzie ones

This depends on what positions aggravate or minimize pain-find neutral or pain free postures.
This can be evaluated by a physical therapist. You should avoid any rowing/ twisting/bending repetitions. Cardiovascular exercise is fine but you may need to cross train based on symptoms. Core workouts such as yoga & pilates may help. Definitely no free weights in terms of dead lifts or squats.

In brief: Called McKenzie ones

This depends on what positions aggravate or minimize pain-find neutral or pain free postures.
This can be evaluated by a physical therapist. You should avoid any rowing/ twisting/bending repetitions. Cardiovascular exercise is fine but you may need to cross train based on symptoms. Core workouts such as yoga & pilates may help. Definitely no free weights in terms of dead lifts or squats.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management

In brief: See a pain doc

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.

In brief: See a pain doc

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.
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
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