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!.
Common Causes of Back Pain
My name is Stephen Levin. I'm a Johns Hopkins Pain Medicine specialistpracticing at Howard County General . There are multiple different origins of backpain. They can range from the very minor to thevery severe. Muscle strains or sprains can cause spasmand the most common cause of back pain.fortunately, they can be very selflimited and go awayby themselves. Patients can suffer inflammation or arthritis,which can affect the joints in the back including the sacroiliac joints and the facet jointswhich can cause pain with movement.
There can also be pain that is referred fromthe hip. Patients can also experience degenerativedisc disease which can cause what we call axial back pain, which is pain in the middleof the back and in some cases those discs can herniate and create what we call sciaticaor radiculopathy and this is a result of pressure from the disc on the nerves in the back. Posture or scoliosis, which is a curvatureof the back, can lead to biomechanical back pain, which is pain caused by abnormal movement. Some individuals can experience infectionswhich can lead to back pain.
Some of those are very unusual infectionsthat include tuberculosis or lyme disease or can be a more common from bacterial infectionsand that can infect the bone or the epidural space. Patients or individuals as they age can experiencethinning of their bone or experience osteoporosis and that can be so severe that the bones fractureand cause back pain. And in some cases patients with kidney, breast,lung, thyroid and prostate cancers can have their disease spread to the back and thatcan also cause back pain. The diagnosis of low back pain starts witha careful medical history along with a complete
physical examination. If those examinations suggest concerns, thenblood tests, xrays, CT scans, and MRIs are sometimes needed in aiding the diagnosis. In some cases, we use diagnostic injectionsthat are xray guided to help facilitate the diagnosis. Most people experience back pain in theirlives. The peak incidence of back pain can occurat two different times in life. One time that it occurs most often is in themid30s when people's discs start to dry out
and they can be susceptible to injuries fromlifting which can cause disc herniation. Later in life the incidence will go up againand will be associated with degenerative processes associated with aging so patients will experiencemore arthritic problems in the back or the thinning of their bones or osteoporosis. In general, it's good to avoid lifting injuries,poor body mechanics, and it's also good to maintain a good body weight and have a balancedexercise program. Doing these things can lessen the likelihoodthat you'll experience back pain in your life. Determining the best treatment for back paincan involve the thoughtful application of
interventional techniques, medication management,as well as rehabilitative and wellness programs. Our program offers a full spectrum of themost sophisticated medication management, highly specialized interventional pain managementtechniques, as well as rehabilitative and wellness programs. The mainstay of conservative treatment forpatients with back pain is the use of physical therapy. It can be also very helpful for individualsto use short courses of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, oral steroids,or even in some cases a short course of opioid
Piriformis Syndrome versus Sciatica Animation
Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular conditionwhere the piriformis muscle one of the deep gluteal muscles presses on and compressesthe sciatic nerve causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttock area and down thepath of sciatic nerve to the thigh and leg. Sciatic nerve runs UNDER the piriformis muscleand may be irritated when the muscle is too tight or shortened due to spasms. Piriformissyndrome is to be differentiated from sciatica which shows similar symptoms but has differentcauses. Diagnosis is commonly done by EXCLUSION ofsciatica. Because sciatica usually associates with compression of sciatic nerve roots bya herniated disc, sciatic symptoms in the
ABSENCE of spinal disc herniation are indicativeof piriformis syndrome. Causes and risk factors of piriformis syndromeinclude: Anatomical abnormality of the nervemusclerelation. Some people are more likely to get piriformis syndrome than others. Tightness or spasm of the piriformis muscle due to overuse injury. This commonly happensin sport activities that put pressure on the piriformis muscle such as bicycling, runningwithout proper stretching, or any activity that involves repeated movements of the legsperformed in sitting position. Treatment options include: Stretching exercises, massage, avoidance
of causative activities. Antiinflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants for relief of symptoms. Physical therapy that strengthens the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and biceps femorisis usually recommended to reduce strain on the piriformis muscle.