I treat patients each week who complain of sciatic nerve pain radiating down their leg. Typically, the cause of this pain is sciatic nerve pain. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body and when irritated, often causes pain from the low back through the leg and below the knee.
While causes of this pain vary from illness to pregnancy and general muscle tightness, oftentimes simple exercises may alleviate some of the symptoms associated with sciatic nerve pain. Note: If you have back pain with fever, a history of cancer, corticosteroid use, associated back or bladder control or numbness, seek emergency medical attention.
Earlier this year, I made a video about how to treat your back and sciatic nerve pain at home. Click here to watch the video or try out the exercises below. If you don’t find some relief, please reach out so that we can assess your condition in our office.
Pull your knees into your chest and place your arms behind your knees. Pull in to your level of comfort to stretch the low back. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times per day in the morning and afternoon.
Cross your left leg over the right knee. Reach one arm through the center of your legs and the other around the outside. Gently hug your leg to your chest and hold for 20 to 30 seconds, or as long as comfortable. Repeat on the other side and perform exercises 2 to 3 times per day in the morning and afternoon.
These exercises are some of the best treatments for sciatica that you can do at home to relieve pain associated with sciatic nerve irritation and leg pain. If these exercises don’t work, if they do work, or if you have any questions, call me now at (314) 569-0057.