Does Sciatica Cause Arm Pain

Sciatic Nerve Pain Stretches Exercises Ask Jo

Hey y'all, it's Jo and my assistantwith me today is Bailey again. And today I'm going to be talking about your piriformis.So lots of times I hear people say they've got that sciatic nerve, well actually everybodyhas a sciatic nerve, but you can have pain coming from that nerve, and a lot of timesthat piriformis muscle is causing the pain. So we're gonna show you some stretches tostretch out your piriformis and hopefully get rid of that sciatic nerve pain. Alrightlet's go on to our backs. Here we go. I think we're gonna maybe move Bailey out of the way.In the first stretch for your piriformis is a pretty simple one. A lot of pictures youmay get from your therapist will actually

show one leg down, I actually like for youto have it staying up so you can prop your foot over it. So your gonna make almost likea figure 4 with your legs and then what you're gonna do, the side that's hurting, so my leftside is hurting, I'm gonna cross that leg over. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna bringmy knee with my opposite hand towards my shoulder over here. So I'm pulling this leg up and acrossmy body. And what you wanna do same kind of thing with all the stretches, you wanna pulland you wanna feel a stretch under there. Soon as you feel a really good stretch youwanna hold it for 30 seconds. So remember up and across the body. Just coming up isnot gonna get that piriformis stretch. But

coming up and across the body like I'm tryingto bring that knee towards my shoulder. Holding it there for about 30 secondsa real 30 seconds.And then coming back down and you wanna do that 3 times. Now the next one to do, sometimesthis is a little harder for people, but what your gonna do is your gonna keep that samefigure 4, and what your gonna do is your gonna take your hands and on the opposite side thatit's hurting, so the hurting side is still up crossed over it's still my left side. I'mgonna take my hands and put them underneath my thigh, and I'm gonna bring my leg up, andI'm gonna pull until I feel that stretch underneath there. Now some people might have a hard timegrabbing on to their leg here, so again you

can use your belt, or your dog leash and putit under, around your leg, and pull up towards you like this. Same kind of thing, you wantto hold that stretch for 30 secondsbye Bailey, we'll see you later and then 3 times each.Alright, so now you're gonna bring that down getting it nice and stretched. For those ofyou that need a stronger stretch, those might not be stretching it out quite as much, whatI'm gonna have you do is I'm gonna have you turn over. And what your gonna do is the sidethat's hurt again, my left side, I'm gonna bring my leg up across. Now as you can see,this is something you have to be pretty high level, pretty flexible to do, but it's gonnaget a fantastic stretch. So your gonna put

your knee over across your body, and bringyour body down. So it's almost that same concept, you're bringing that knee towards the oppositeshoulder, but what you're doing now, is you're using your body weight to bring it down. Youcan stretch that back leg as far as you can. You can bring your arms down, but that kneeis essentially going towards that opposite shoulder. 30 second stretch, 3 times each.Alright and there you have it. Those were your piriformis stretches. So if you had somepressure on that sciatic nerve, hopefully that will loosen it up a little bit. So ifyou like my hair, or if you like the stretches, please click quot;likequot; and leave me a comment.And if you'd like to see some more stretch

tutorials, or if you'd like to go see some educationaltutorials, please go to AskJo . And remember, Be Safe. Have Fun. And I hope youget to feeling better y'all!.

Sciatica discussed by Stephen Hochschuler at Texas Back Institute SpineHealth

Good morning, I am Stephen Hochschuler, spinesurgeon, cofounder of the Texas Back Institute, and a consultant to spinehealth . I'vebeen asked today to speak about sciatica and preliminary treatment of such. Sciatica iswhen a patient is suffering from impingement or pressure on a nerve, which causes painto go down the extremity oftentimes to the foot. This can be caused by one of severalthings. It could be caused by a herniated disc, it could be caused by spinal stenosis,which is a tightening of the spinal canal, it could be caused by a spondylolisthesis,which is a slip of one vertebrae on another, or pretty much anything that puts pressureon a nerve that causes pain down the leg.

Other things that would be included wouldbe a tumor, a growth, an infection, a cancer, etc. One treats the initial onset of sciaticaconservatively, and by that I mean simple things, such as ice for the first 24 to 48hours, heat thereafter, for the next 48 hours perhaps, the heat increasing the circulationto the area and getting away some of the metabolites, the cold helping with some of the pain. Inaddition to which we often use certain overthecounter medications, which include things like Tylenol,which include things like Advil, or Aleve. Certain amount of exercise is necessary. Wedo not believe in bed rest for more than 24, maximum 48 hours. Exercise should be nonweightbearing, such as a stationary bicycle, or

a swimming pool, something that doesn't putexcess strength or stress on the affected area. Occasionally, surgery is necessary.Prior to surgery, one must make a definitive diagnosis however, of what is going on, andthis often will require an MRI scan, a myelogram, or a myelogram followed by a CT scan. Initially,if there isn't a dangerous problem occurring, one will consider what's called an epiduralsteroid injection, or a selective nerve root block, both of which you can learn more aboutfrom other parts of spinehealth. Thank you.

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