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!.
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery El Camino Innovates
Silence gt;gt; Well, there are approximately 500,000 spine operations done per year, and these are a spectrum from what we call simple back surgery for a lumbar disk to more a complex procedure, such as lumbar spine fusion surgery. And lumbar spine fusion surgery makes up a minority of all of spine operations, but at the same time, it's one of the most serious operations you can do, and certainly, in that context, you want to be absolutely sure that you need that surgery. The vast majority of patients get better with conservative measures, such as physical therapy,
lumbar spine injections, or other types of treatments. But for that small percentage of people who, in fact, do need spine surgery, and that's typically when they have persistent pain and xrays or other types of radiographic studies that demonstrate either abnormal movement or an injury to the elements of the spine that make it stable. And in that instance, when all other measures fail, surgery is really indicated. Typically, when one does a spinal fusion surgery, at least in quote unquote, the old days, it would require a very large operation and disruptive of a lot
of the elements of the spine itself. The muscles are pulled widely apart, there's a significant blood loss, and the recovery period can be six months to a year. Over the last decade or so, new techniques have been developed, and we're fortunate in that we have a number of surgeons at El Camino who specialize in spine surgery; specifically, lumbar spine surgery, and now we're able to do these surgeries in a manner we call minimally invasive. And that's where small incisions are used, minimal blood loss, minimal tissue disruption,
and for many of these patients, they go home the same day or within a day or so after surgery compared to what used to be five, seven, to even ten days to two weeks in the prior to this time. Well, the period of time for the fusion to heal hasn't changed. Typically, we use the number around 12 weeks when the patient's bones have really healed and the fusion is solid. But for many of these people, they begin a physical therapy regimen and start becoming quite active within three to four weeks after the surgery,
and essentially all of them are up walking the night of the surgery. For the right indications, the vast majority of patients, 85 to 90 percent, have what we say is an excellent to good result, and that means they're able to return back to an active lifestyle, they're taking minimal medication or completely off of medication, and they've returned to a full life. Well, certainly having appropriate training is important. Experience is important. And I would say that they should feel comfortable with their surgeon,
and because this is a major operative procedure, they should obtain more than one opinion regarding having such a surgery as this. And the patient should also feel that the physician is interested in giving them all the information and will spend adequate time with them so that they feel comfortable with their decision and that they should not feel rushed to make a decision. One of the nurses at El Camino , she had sustained an injury at work, and as a result, had an unstable spine.