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 Hip Replacement
(music).More and more people of all ages are turning to biking, walking, running, and working outat the gym in an effort to live healthier longer lives. As a result, we now have thismiddleaged population with a lot of wear and tear on their bodies who are now findingit necessary to have joint replacement surgeries earlier in life. Access Health caught up withHip and Knee Specialist, Jimmy Chow to learn about one of the latest surgical approacheshelping to put the skip back in our step. My name is Chris Appleton. I'm 42yearsold,and my hip actually started hurting about two and a half years ago. I went to collegeat Pittsburgh State, played college football,
won a National Championship, probably partof the reason why I needed new hips. My name is Carol Allis. I'm 56yearsold.Probably about 6 years ago, I noticed just a decrease in mobility. Two years ago it justprogressively got worse. My walking was diminishing, my ability to get up and down off the floor,and then traveling for work really became more complicated.We know that over the past decade the need for joint replacement in the United Stateshas more than doubled. And so we're treating younger patients earlier with arthritis intheir hips so that they don't have to live the rest of their life with arthritis in theirhips until they get quot;old enough.quot;
A lot of pain, discomfort, difficulty sleeping,could not stand for long periods of time, couldn't sit for long periods of time, couldn'twalk. It was very uncomfortable, very debilitating. Everyday things that people, I, took for granted,people take for granted: tying your shoes, putting on your socks, clipping your toenails,bending down and having to go to the bottom shelf of the grocery store, getting in andout of cars, climbing two steps, even getting off a plane for me was one of the most horriblefeelings in the world because you have typically you get off a plane and I fly an awful lot every week. And you get off the plane and you have to go up the up ramp, and it wasthe hardest thing for me to do was to go up
that up ramp. It would take me holding ontothe railing and pulling myself up. If you think about what pain is, a subjectiveform of pain measurement is probably the most accurate because it's really how you feelthat matters. You have patients where the arthritis is so horrible it's kind of likechewing on a very bad cavity for a long period of time.You think it's your sciatic nerve, you're getting older. It's that curve of 45 50that we all get. Originally diagnosed as lack of flexibilityin my hip, and then it was diagnosed as a sciatic nerve problem.You know, I tried the chiropractor, I tried
physical therapy, I tried injections. Theywere all very short lived. Oftentimes, physical therapy, swimming created more pain at theend of the day than it did actually relieving it. My primary care did the xray andnoticed that the xray had some deformity, and he referred me to Chow. And then Chow diagnosed that I needed a new hip. I had 0% cartilage in my left hip and 25% 30% cartilage in my right hip, and my Specialist recommended that at that point I start lookingat surgical options. I definitely wanted to seek the best surgeon and try to understandthe various procedures that are out there. The first time that a patient gets offereda hip replacement, their answer is often quot;No.
I'm not ready for that.quot; It's kind of a hardpill to swallow, and it's considered a major orthopedic surgery. But once you get overthat initial shock and you start talking to other surgeons and you start to get a consensusabout what's going on around your hip, then it's much easier to digest in terms of that.Most of the surgical approaches in hip replacement are options that involve some kind of traumato the surrounding muscles and tissues. This can lead to long recovery periods as wellas missed time at work. I'm only in my mid50s, and I still wantedto travel and do everything I had been doing. And so that's when I made my final decisionto use Chow's new procedure.