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Is it better to try to walk around with sciatica or just rest?
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Dr. Norman Marcus
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Move with sciatica
Sciatica, pain radiating from your low back/buttock to your leg is usually transient.
Although recommended in the past, prolonged bed rest is now discouraged. Although sciatic pain refers to pain from a compressed sciatic nerve which would result in pain down into your foot, it frequently doesn't go down that far; the pain is often caused by muscle strain.

In brief: Move with sciatica
Sciatica, pain radiating from your low back/buttock to your leg is usually transient.
Although recommended in the past, prolonged bed rest is now discouraged. Although sciatic pain refers to pain from a compressed sciatic nerve which would result in pain down into your foot, it frequently doesn't go down that far; the pain is often caused by muscle strain.
Dr. Norman Marcus
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Dr. Diana Bitner
PT is very helpful, stretch hamstrings, strong core/abs helps, no locking knees when standing, best stretch: sit knees up, one ankle up on oppisite knee, lean forward, child's pose, every am and pm!!
Dr. Einar Ottestad
In general bedrest and especially prolonged bedrest are not recommended for low back pain. Patients who atay active do much better over the course of time.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Most get better !
This depends on the cause of the sciatica but typically, if due to nerve compression from a disc herniation, 90% get betternon operatively.
All bets are off if you: smoke, are obese and/or don't exercise routinely. Short term rest and activity modification followed by exercise including walking is ideal. More than 1-2 days of rest should be avoided.

In brief: Most get better !
This depends on the cause of the sciatica but typically, if due to nerve compression from a disc herniation, 90% get betternon operatively.
All bets are off if you: smoke, are obese and/or don't exercise routinely. Short term rest and activity modification followed by exercise including walking is ideal. More than 1-2 days of rest should be avoided.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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