Causes Sciatic Nerve Pain

Standing Piriformis Stretch For Pinched Sciatic Nerve

Welcome to Stability Before Strength. My name is Oscar and today I will show you how to stretch your Piriformis muscle in a standing position to help you alleviate your pinched sciatic nerve. You're going to start the stretch byholding onto a wall or stable surface and slowly cross your right or leftleg over your other leg and slowly bend your knees and shift yourweight towards the back of your hips you should feel stretch deep in yourgluts

and this is where your piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve run. uh. hold for fifteen thirty secondsnow runners know this stretch as a figure 4 stretch because you'reactually making a 4 with your body. You should feel a difference between your affected side and unaffected side meaning that you're affected side will betighter and will benefit from holding thestretch longer than the unaffected side. It's a good idea to compare your two sides because it will give you a good indication of

the improvement of your affected leg After fifteenthirty secondsrepeat the same steps on the other leg. For a deeper stretch you can drive your hips back and or use your freehand and push awayyour knee even though one side feels tighter in a few days or weeks you should noticea difference not only in the flexibility

but also the pain you're experiencing as you become more flexible, the painwill start to subside continue to stretch most days of the week, if not everyday Thanks for watching. I hope this tutorialtutorial was informative and helpful.

Sciatica Animation

Sciatica or sciatic neuralgia is a commoncondition in which one of the spinal nerve roots of the sciatic nerve is compressed resultingin lower back, buttock and leg pain. Sciatic nerve is a large nerve derived from 5 spinalnerve roots: L4, L5, S1, S2 and S3. It runs from the lumbar spine through the buttockdown the leg and the foot on the posterior aspect. There is one sciatic nerve on eachside of the body. Typically, only one side of the body is affected.A typical sciatica pain is described as a sharp shooting pain in the lower back, downthe buttock, thigh and leg on one side of the body. There may also be numbness, burningand tingling sensations. The pain can get

worse with sitting, moving, sneezing, or coughing.The patterns of pain depend on which nerve root is compressed, and follow the dermatomedistribution. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniatedspinal disc. The spinal disc is a soft elastic cushion that sits in between the vertebraeof the spine. With age, the discs become rigid and may crack, the gellike center of thedisc may protrude out and become a herniation outside the normal boundaries of the disc.Disc herniation presses on the nerve root as it exits the spine.In majority of the cases the condition resolves by itself after a few weeks of rest and conservativetreatment. Pain relief, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory

drugs and muscle relaxants may be prescribed.Stretching exercises and physical therapy may be recommended.Surgery may be needed if the pain doesn't go away after 3 months or more of conservativetreatments. The herniated disc may be removed in a procedure called discectomy. Or, in anotherprocedure called laminotomy, part of the bone of the vertebrae may be cut to make room forthe nerve.

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