Sciatica what a pain in the tushy.

Sciatica what a pain in the tushy.
Sciatica is a common injury that is caused by impingement of the sciatic nerve or nerve roots in the spine (L4-S3). People with sciatica often experience intense pain down the back of the affected lower extremity as well as numbness and weakness. Risk factors for sciatic injury are obesity, disc herniation, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or a recent increase in activity.

Sciatica is a common injury that is caused by impingement of the sciatic nerve or nerve roots in the spine (L4-S3). People with sciatica often experience intense pain down the back of the affected lower extremity as well as numbness and weakness. Risk factors for sciatic injury are obesity, disc herniation, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or a recent increase in activity.

 

Three quick and easy stretches that can help with recovery.

Each stretch should be done 3 times with 30 second holds.

Gluteal stretch: While lying flat on your back bring the affected knee to the opposite shoulder until you feel a stretch

Piriformis stretch: While lying flat on your back cross the ankle of the affected leg over the unaffected leg. Then pull the unaffected eg to your chest till you feel a stretch in the affected leg.

Hamstring stretch: While lying flat on your back bring the affected leg up using a strap at the end of your foot till you feel a stretch.

 

If pain persists more than 2 -3 weeks consider seeing a Physical Therapist.

Unfortunately there is no one size fits all exercise. Therefore in order to accurately assess the biomechanical faults that are causing the problem a physical therapist may be needed. A physical therapist will provide manual release, joint mobilizations, movement pattern readjustment, proper body mechanic training and a personalized home program tailored to your body.

 

Charles Amburgey PT, DPT

I am a senior physical therapist at the Two Trees Ortho site in Ventura (2895 Loma Vista Rd, Ste A). I have been working with Two Trees since 2015. I am specifically interested in pathologies involving radiculopathy, the ankle and the foot.