How To Live Life Without Sciatica Sciatica is a very common condition that affects 10% of the population. Sciatica is defined as pain that follows the course of the sciatic nerve. However, many people suffer with other sciatica like symptoms including low back pain, foot pain, and even numbness in the leg. These symptoms can be signs of other back problems such as arthritis pain or even herniated discs. Getting properly diagnosed by an Elite Physical Therapist ---sooner than later---is very important in order to determine the exact origins of your symptoms. Research shows that receiving Physical Therapy early means a faster recovery, less potential for worse damage to nerves and joints, and costs less in the long run to get better. Exercise Program of the Month: Relief for Sciatica Pain There is plenty of research that shows keeping your hips loose can not only prevent common back problems, but also to help provide relief during a painful episode. Below are two important stretches. For best results, please perform this routine three times per week. If you or someone that you know has a painful back problem or sciatica that persists for more than one week, give us a call today. Pain is not a normal way of life. SEATED CHAIR STRETCH: While sitting in a chair, cross your leg on top of the other as shown. Next, gently lean forward until a stretch is felt along the crossed leg’s buttock/hip, and hold for 30 seconds. Perform on each side.
PIRIFORMIS STRETCH – MODIFIED: While lying on your back, hold your knee with your opposite hand and draw your knee up and over towards your opposite shoulder until a gentle stretch is felt in your buttock. Hold for 30 seconds, and also perform on the other side.