Sciatica And Surgery

Top 3 Exercises for Sciatica and Pinched Nerve

Have you heard of sciaticaé A lot of peoplecomplain about nerve pain down the back of their leg. Usually the cause is withinthe lower back or pelvis. I'm going to give you 2 stretches today for the sciatic nerve. Itis the largest nerve in the body. It runs down the back of the leg and splits into two behindthe knee. It runs the whole way to the foot. It can cause shooting pain, numbness, tingling,dead leg feeling or the feeling that your leg is falling asleep. The first exercise is this. It is called flossing.We are going to sit up nice and straight here. What you are going to do is straightenthe affected leg or the leg with pain.

Stretch that leg out and look up at the sametime. As you are doing this, if you are doing it right and you are doing it on thepainful leg, it could actually make the symptoms travel down your leg. That is ok.You are putting a stretch on the nerve. We are going to hold that 5 seconds. Then bendyour knee and look down. 5 second hold here. 5 second hold, 10 times each way. Thisis called flossing. The next exercise is called a slump stretch.Same idea here, as you are doing this exercise, you could experience increased symptomsdown the leg and that is ok. Outside of the flossing or this exercise,no other exercise should increase the pain

travelling down the leg. Everything else shouldactually decrease the pain in the leg and you will experience more pain in yourlower back. What we do is this: Feet against the wall, knees straight, fingers interlockedbehind the head. Then you are going to slump forward. So bring your elbows in. Thereyou go. This should cause pretty sharp symptoms down the back of your leg. It iscalled the slump stretch and it is ok to feel increased pain down the back of the leg. Wehold this for 30 seconds and we do 3 of them in the . Now if that is too difficult,if that is too advanced, here is what you can do: Place your arms behind you and situp and arch your back. What you want to

try to do is if that is too much for you,if that is too intense, you can place your arms behind your back and simply arch your back.Rock your pelvis forward. That will do the same exact thing but it is a little less intensethan interlocking your fingers behind your neck and leaning forward. This is a littlemore basic. So you can modify. The same idea though 30 seconds, 3 times. If you canat least get yourself to sit up straight with the legs straight, feet flat against the wall,you are in good shape. The third exercise you should do for sciaticaor symptoms running down your leg is this: Realize that with symptoms travelling downyour leg, often there isnt a problem within

the leg. The problem is within the lower backor the pelvis. The sciatic nerve, the nerve roots where it originates is in your lowerback. If you are getting pressure on the nerve roots there either from disc degeneration,from a herniated disc or, as is also common, a problem within the pelvis and the sacroiliacjoint. If you have a problem there that is putting increased pressure on the nerve, thatis what creates the symptoms in your leg. You can think about it like this: if you havea long garden hose and there is water running through it and you pinch one end,obviously at the other end you are going to have less water flow. Same idea in your body.If you pinch that sciatic nerve, that is

what creates the symptoms. That is what changeswhat you are feeling down your leg. The solution isn't to continually addressthe problems in your leg. Or to put heat on your leg or ice on your leg. The solution is torelieve the pressure on the other end of the garden hose or the other end of the sciaticnerve. So what you need to do is figure out what is causing the symptoms down your leg.A good Physical Therapist can help you do that and they can decipher through testingwhether it is coming from arthritis or disc degeneration or stenosis in your back, a herniateddisc or a problem in your pelvis. So the third exercise that you should be doingis the 3 exercises that are addressing the

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.

Sciatica Slipped Disc NonSurgical Treatmentshort version

Hey guys.this is Lance Hightower, Tulsa's Favorite Chiropractor.and today we're going to talk about is a very, very importantsubject called Disc Decompression or Traction Therapy. now, you may have heardabout this term. may have gone online and done a quot;Googlequot; on it. usually, this therapycomes up when people have herniated or bulged disc, or the older term that youhear is quot;slipped discquot;, and we'll talk about that here in a bit or maybe a separatetutorial. but Disc Decompression Therapy has been out actually for many years. Presently, it involves a computerized's a therapy that helps heal quot;naturallyquot;

and conservatively, and nonsurgically. discs that are herniated or bulged. and that's a very painful condition. it cangive you sciatica, which is pain shooting down the back of the leg that follows the sciaticnerve, all the way down to the foot. now, you don't have to have pain that shoots downthe back of leg into the foot to have a bulged or herniated disc. a lot of peoplejust have localized back pain with severe muscle spasm. So, if you're a onethat actually has symptoms where you cough (cough). and it grabs.and you kind of.and you grab for yourlegs, and then. just wait just a second and can get to regain yourstrength back.or you walk with your back

forward. like so. or you walk. tilted tothe side like this. that's call antalgia. and that is a posture, typically.those postures and those symptoms. and as well as a coughing, sneezing, straining thatgrabs intensely at the back. it could let you know preliminarily that you might havea quot;discogenic issuequot;. or what we call a disc herniation problem, or disc bulge problem. Again, the older term is called quot;Slipped Discquot;, even though discs don't slip in and out.they bulge. they herniate, and those are terms described how the disc isinjured. So, we're going to talk about Disc Decompression Therapy. the costé. ifyou're a candidateé. and basically, a

timeframe of how you would get wellé. Now.this will. I will stay right off the bat, there's not too many people that have these in Tulsa. I know that, as well as, throughout thestate. and the nation. Although, I consider it personally. a mainstay therapy ofany pain management because studies show that six to eight peopleout of 10 will actually have disc herniation problem in theirlifetime. and that's a big deal because it's very intensely painful. So, if thereis. so, who would be a candidate for thisé. Typically, people that come in havealready had an MRI. MRI's are magnetic

resonance imaging. These are radiographic studies that can see everything in the lower back. including disc tissue. Xrays do not look at disc tissue. You can see can see shadows. but youcannot see discs that are herniated or that are bulged. that's only best visualized onan MRI study.Now, being in practice as long as I have. sometimes, I don't needan MRI study to know who's going to be a candidate for this. I can, with a goodevaluation, determine. asking a few questions walking. you watching you ambulate or walk. Ican determine if you have. if you would

be a candidate for that. and thoseevaluations in my are free to determine if you are a candidate forthis. So, how many treatments would a person get on it therapy system likethisé. this decompression therapy systemé. and by the way, this one is set up to beon your back. this is operated by computer here. everything is down to thefinite detail on traction. release. hold it is a painless therapy that helpsheal the discs nonsurgically. So, I really. it's hard to give an average because itreally depends on so many variables and factors on how many discs are involved that areherniated or bulgedé. what is the ageé.or are

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