Exercises for Sciatica - Simple Stretch Eliminates Sciatic Pain in Seconds

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    Dec 01, 2010 8:21 AM GMT
    I thought this article could be helpful, many of you complain about sciatica around here:

    http://ezinearticles.com/?Exercises-For-Sciatica---Simple-Stretch-Eliminates-Sciatic-Pain-in-Seconds&id=4657115
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    Dec 01, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    The stretch depicted in the article is a piriformis stretch. Piriformis is a muscle that runs from your tailbone to your hip (deep in the buttock). The sciatic nerve crosses near the piriformis muscle. Tightness in the piriformis can cause sciatic symptoms (buttock and leg pain). This is known as piriformis syndrome. The piriformis stretch will help relieve piriformis syndrome.

    FYI Sciatic symptoms can also be caused by other problems such as a herniated disc in the low back, sacroiliac dysfunction, and hamstring strain. This stretch may not relieve sciatic symptoms unrelated to piriformis syndrome.
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    Dec 01, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    hey catfish5...
    wondering where you got your information about piriformis syndrome? i had a chiropractor tell me (quite a number of years ago) that i had this condition. after a couple months of therapy from him and no relief in pain i had to visit an orthopedic surgeon (harvard graduate) who determined from an mri i had a herniated disc. he also told me that the condition of piriformis syndrome has only been known to occur in pregnant women!
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    Dec 01, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    laguna07 saidhey catfish5...
    wondering where you got your information about piriformis syndrome? i had a chiropractor tell me (quite a number of years ago) that i had this condition. after a couple months of therapy from him and no relief in pain i had to visit an orthopedic surgeon (harvard graduate) who determined from an mri i had a herniated disc. he also told me that the condition of piriformis syndrome has only been known to occur in pregnant women!


    When someone has sciatic symptoms, piriformis syndrome is generally not the first thing you look for. Herniated disc is significantly more prevalent. Generally, piriformis syndrome occurs in only a small percentage of people with low back/lower extremity pain. However, it is not just restricted to pregnant women.

    You can tell if a person has a herniated disc or piriformis syndrome thru a few simple tests. If you stretch the piriformis muscle and it reproduces the symptoms, you have piriformis syndrome.

    If the symptoms are reproduced with forward bending (reaching for the toes while in standing), the problem is probably a herniated disc.

    Regardless, MRI is the gold standard, though, for diagnosing a herniated disc.
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    Oct 11, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    What is the treatment if it is a herniated disc. As far as I can tell there is none - other than wait it out and some basic stretching. Anyone know of other treatment?
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    Oct 11, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    gr8tswim saidWhat is the treatment if it is a herniated disc. As far as I can tell there is none - other than wait it out and some basic stretching. Anyone know of other treatment?
    Decompression.
    It can be done by a chiropractor (best way) or an inversion table (not as effective, but helpful).
    Personally, I did/do both and was back to work in a few weeks. It's still bothersome sometimes, but for the most part I can do everything I did before...except lift heavy (by choice - 'can' lift heavy, but don't wanna push it).
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    Oct 11, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    MASSAGE! MASSAGE! MASSAGE!
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    Oct 11, 2011 5:34 PM GMT
    Does this bring permanent relief? Both hips are particularly painful after a run.
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    Oct 11, 2011 5:36 PM GMT
    gr8tswim saidDoes this bring permanent relief? Both hips are particularly painful after a run.
    Are you sure it's even herniated disks? (only an MRI can give a definitive answer)
    What you're describing sounds more like arthritis in the lower back (which I also have - verified by MRI).
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    Oct 11, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    miamimasseur saidMASSAGE! MASSAGE! MASSAGE!
    That will help relieve the muscle tension, but decompression therapy is still needed to help the disks heal faster.
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    Oct 11, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    miamimasseur saidMASSAGE! MASSAGE! MASSAGE!
    That will help relieve the muscle tension, but decompression therapy is still needed to help the disks heal faster.



    Yep. That's true. I'll never get on that inversion table again, though. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 11, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    miamimasseur said
    paulflexes said
    miamimasseur saidMASSAGE! MASSAGE! MASSAGE!
    That will help relieve the muscle tension, but decompression therapy is still needed to help the disks heal faster.



    Yep. That's true. I'll never get on that inversion table again, though. icon_lol.gif
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