Sciatic Nerve Pain Wiki

Best Stretches for Sciatica

Hello I'm Heather Moore owner ofTotal Performance Physical Therapy. Today we're going to go over the best exercisesfor sciatica. There's really one main stretch that you can do a bunch of different waysif you're getting numbness and tingling down your leg, if you'r e getting pain throughyour back, in your butt you should do this stretch multiple times throughout the day,when you do it you want to try and hold it for about 30 seconds, you want to try andperform 6 repetitions if you can't do it for that long that's okay hold it for as longas you can, if for any reason these are going to increase your pain you need to stop immediatelyand call your but this should alleviate

a lot of your body pain specially if you aresitting for a long period of time or you get a lot of pain down your leg. The first oneis in the seated position you want to sit up nice and straight, you want to cross yourankle over your knee if you feel a stretch there that's where you need to stop, if youdon't feel a stretch there all you wann do is sit up and lean forward and you shouldfeel a greater stretch through your butt, through your hamstring which is in the backof your leg and through the side of your leg, you may even feel a little bit on your backdepending on where your tight is again this shouldn't hurt and should feel like a goodstretch, you could do this sitting at your

desk all day long, you also want to make surethat you concentrate on both sides not just the side that hurts, piriformis muscle whichis what this is stretching on both sides and will tag evenly on your sacrum or your tailbone so you want to make sure that you do both sides and not just one. The next wayto do this stretch is standing up, you want to find a surface where you can put your leg,your hip at about 90 degrees and you're going to bring your foot up and you're just goingto have it lay on the table and you're going to let your knee drop to the side, if yourknee doesn't fall all the way down that's okay, don't force it down let it just staythere again if you get, if you're in this

position and you don;t feel a stretch youcan now begin to lean forward, you're going to feel the stretch in your back, in yourglut, in your hamstring and all the side of your leg, this should not be painful it shouldfeel like a nice stretch this one also you want to do 30 seconds hold about 6 repetitionsand you want to make sure that you hit both sides. The final way to do this stretch islaying down, so you want to lay on your back and this is a good thing to do when you getup in the morning, go ahead and bend both your knees up and then you're going to crossyour ankle over your knee, now again if this is where you feel a stretch stop right thereand hold it, if you don't feel a stretch in

this position you're going to reach both armsbehind this leg and you're going to pull it up towards your chest, you should feel a stretchagain in the back, in the glut, in the hamstring or maybe even on the side of the leg, it shouldnot hurt it should feel like a nice gentle stretch, you want to hold this about 30 secondsand you want to do about 6 of those you can do this as many times during the day as youwould like there is no set number or times that you can do this, anytime your tight youcan do this and it will not harm you.

How to Read a MRI of Cervical Nerve Compression Neck Pain Colorado Spine Surgeon

now we're going to look at a cervicalspine MRI of a patient with arm pain the patient doesn't have much neck pain and he has no spinal cord dysfunction in this MRI again you can see thespinal cord in the center surrounded by the white cerebral spinalfluid or water and the vetrebral bodies and the discs you can see a small disc bulge here andsmaller disc bulges here and here

since there's no real compression of thespinal cord the patient has no spinal cord dysfunction symptoms but if we do come to the right side wecan see these spurs that are compressing out of the canal at these two levels andthose are the spurs that are catching the nerve root on the right we can look at it from the top down view and we come up to the first level atC two three again spinal cord is clear the white

csf water around it these are the nerveexit polls here in here the C two three level looks normal we march down to the C three four level and again spinal cord has room the nerveholes have room this one is a a little tight but it still has plenty of room come down to C four five again the nerve holes are free the spinal cordis free come down to C five six

and here we see a nice big spur on theright side the left nerve root is exitingquite nicely the right nerve root here is compressedby the spur and this is one of the spurs causing this patient right arm pain we can pass by this level and go to thenext level at six seven and again see the same thing the left nerve hole is free there's a big spur on the right nerve hole and this nerve is compressedand this is what's causing him the arm pain from the C seven nerve

this is a side by side example of a normal level of the cervical spine and a levelwhere there's nerve compression again we noted before this nice largespur is compressing the exiting nerve route right here where the nerve root onthe opposite side is open here we can see again the vertebralbody the spinal cord where both nerve roots are free and clear andthere's no compression and either foramen so in this particular case thisspur is what's causing this patient's

neck pain and arm pain.

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