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Sciatica - Most Common Exercises To Treat It!

Dr. Sachin Singh 87% (10 ratings)
BPT, Master of Hospital Administration
Physiotherapist, Gurgaon
Sciatica - Most Common Exercises  To Treat It!

The sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the body. It goes from the lower back all the way down to the base of the leg. When there is a disorder associated with the sciatic nerve, it is known as sciatica. Sciatica, however, does not necessarily need a surgery or a very elaborate procedure to fix the problem. Most commonly, it is treated simply by practicing a number of simple exercises.

Here are some of the most common exercises prescribed to treat sciatica:

1.        Reclining pigeon pose
There are three main forms of the pigeon pose. These are sitting, reclining and forward. It is recommended that if you are just starting your treatment for sciatica that you use the reclining pose. In this pose, you are supposed to hold your left leg in the air at a right angle to your back. Then you are supposed to hold your ankle against the knee. Finally, repeat this stretch with the right leg as well.

2.        Knee to opposite shoulder
In this stretch, the starting position is on your back side. You have to have your legs out and feet upwards. From this position, try to bring your right leg towards your left shoulder. Hold this for 30 seconds and then release and relax. Repeat this exercise three times and then repeat the whole procedure with your other leg. Only take your leg as far as it will go.

3.        Sitting spinal stretch
At the start of this exercise, sit on the ground with your legs going straight outwards and your feet flexed in the upward direction. Pull your left knee and then put it on the outside of your right knee. Finally, place your right elbow on the left knee so that your body turns to the left. Hold for 30 seconds and then relax before repeating with the other knee.

4.        Standing hamstring stretch
Put your foot on an elevated surface such that it is above the floor but not above hip level. Flex your toes forward such that your feet and legs are nearly in a straight line. Bend as far towards the foot as possible. However, do not stretch so far that you feel pain. Finally, repeat this procedure on the other side after release.

Dear Sir, I have been suffering with sciatica and low back pain Doctor prescribed Gasamax Gold and sensival 25 mg. Do Sensival 25 mg use for said problem.

Dr. Vishwas Virmani 92% (23404 ratings)
Physiotherapist, Noida
Dear Sir,
I have been suffering with sciatica and low back pain
Doctor prescribed Gasamax Gold and sensival 25 mg.
Do the cat/cow stretch. Get on all fours, with your arms straight and your hands directly under your shoulders; your knees hip-width apart.
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Sciatica - 7 Homeopathic Remedies To Cure It Effectively!

Dr. Preeti Singh 93% (69 ratings)
Homeopath, Mumbai
Sciatica - 7 Homeopathic Remedies To Cure It Effectively!

The longest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve starts from the lower part of the spine, through your hip to the back of the leg. So when it is said sciatica, we refer to pain in this nerve. Since the nerve covers the spine, hip and leg, sciatic pain is felt in the areas through which it passes. The lower leg muscles and sensation in the legs, thighs and feet are controlled by this nerve.

Symptoms usually include:

  1. Pain that radiates from the lower back to the hip and to the leg
  2. Sharp, tingling, dull, constant or burning pain
  3. Loss of bladder or bowel control
  4. Sneezing or coughing increases pain
  5. Moving the leg gets difficult so usual activities like walking, sitting and standing become painful

Homeopathic remedies are easy and gentle on the body. Homeopathy aims to boost the body's immune system so it can fight all its weaknesses. The following remedies may prove to be useful:

  1. Ammonium Muriaticum: It is taken for chronic pain in the heel or for chronic backache or when straightening the knee gets difficult as hamstrings contract. It is also taken for limping.
  2. Bellis Perennis: In periosteum injuries, stiffness and deep aches in the spine Bellis Perennis is used. It is also used for tailbone injuries. It is also helpful for nerve pains during pregnancy.
  3. Calcarea Fluorica: If the vertebra degenerates after trauma to the spine, then Calcarea Fluorica can be useful.
  4. Cicuta: The worst back injuries with serious trauma and muscles spasms are treated with Cicuta.
  5. Hypericum: Hypericum is suggested for tailbone injuries, temporary paralysis, spinal concussions and for sharp pain that tingles and moves upwards.
  6. Rhus tox: If after lifting weights, overexerting muscles and exposure to anything wet, you feel tearing and burning pain, then Rhus tox is beneficial. Cramps that get better after heat application, but get worse after exposed to the cold are also treated with Rhus tox.
  7. Ruta: Stiffness and pain from back injuries, twisting the wrong way and bruises are prescribed with Ruta.
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Homeopathic Medicines For Sciatica!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 90% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata

Homeopathic Medicines for Sciatica-

Homeopathy is a very advanced science fully equipped to treat neuralgic pains, including sciatica. Homeopathic medicines can treat acute as well chronic sciatica. Homeopathic medicines, which are natural and safe, work on the root cause of sciatica for complete, effective healing and cure. In fact, a homeopathic consultation, if taken in time, could prevent surgical intervention in cases of sciatica. Some well recognized homeopathic medicines for sciatica are colocynthis, magnesia phosphorica, gnaphalium polycephalum, arnica, rhus tox and cotyledon.

1.Colocynthis –  Excellent homeopathic medicine for sciatica of left side.
Homeopathic medicine colocynthis is known to greatly benefit left-sided sciatica. It is indicated where a person complains of pain along the course of the left sciatic nerve. The pain starts in the lower back and radiates down the leg to toes. In some cases, the pain is located in the left hip or pain in hip radiates to the knee. The pain may be drawing, tearing, shooting in nature. In some cases, it may be lightening, shock-like or cramping. Pressure application may provide relief. Lying on the left side also offers relief in some cases. Few persons requiring colocynthis may also get relief from warm applications.

2.Magnesia phosphorica – Wonderful homeopathic medicine for sciatica of right side
Homeopathic medicine magnesia phosphorica is a reliable prescription for right-sided sciatica. The sciatica pain is cutting, shooting, stabbing or stitching in nature. Pain starts in the lower back and extends down the right hip, thigh, hollow of knee and leg. Pressure or warm applications may offer relief. In some cases, uncovering the lower limb worsen the pain.

3.Gnaphalium polycephalum – Top grade homeopathic medicine for sciatica with pain and numbness
Gnaphalium polycephalum is the most useful homeopathic medicine for pain in the sciatic nerve when attended with numbness. It is also indicated where sciatica pain alternates with numbness. Folding thighs onto the abdomen provides some relief. Gnaphalium polycephalum is also prescribed in sciatica cases where the pain is confined to the calves and feet.

4.Arnica montana, hypericum perforatum and ruta graveolens – Best homeopathic medicines for sciatica from back injury
Arnica montana, hypericum perforatum and ruta graveolens are the most useful homeopathic medicines for sciatica arising from injury to the back. The injury may be caused by falls or blows. Arnica montana is advised in case of sciatica with excessive soreness of lower limbs. The slightest touch is unbearable on the affected side. Hypericum perforatum is considered when the sciatic pain is attended with tingling, burning or numbness in the affected leg. The spine is also very sensitive to the touch. Walking or stooping is impossible from intense pain in the back and lower limb. Ruta graveolens is the homeopathic remedy where sciatica pain gets worse on lying down at night. Weakness of lower limbs attends.

5.Cotyledon umbilicus –
Effective homeopathic medicine for sciatica with pain and sensitivity in lower limbs
Cotyledon umbilicus is a well indicated homeopathic medicine for intense sciatica pain where it is accompanied by high sensitivity in lower limbs. Heaviness in the lower limbs may also be felt. Also, in case of stinging pain in the left hip, cotyledon umbilicus shows remarkable healing.

6.Bryonia alba – Significant homeopathic remedy for sciatica that worsens with walking
Bryonia alba is the most effective homeopathic medicine for sciatica that gets worse from walking. The slightest motion may worsen sciatica in such cases. Lying down absolutely still provides some relief. Bryonia alba is also the medicine to prescribe where the person feels relief by lying down on lower limb of the affected side. The hip and leg of the affected side may feel heavy.

7.Kali iod – Remarkable homeopathic medicine for sciatica that gets worse with sitting or standing
Kali iod is an excellent homeopathic remedy for sciatica that offers great help where sitting or standing worsen pain. Kali iod is also the preferred homeopathic medication for sciatica pain that gets worse at night. The person may wake from sleep in the middle of the night due to the pain. Walking provides some relief. Another unique feature in such cases is formication on the legs. The formication is mostly felt while sitting.

8.Rhus tox – 
Top rated homeopathic medicine for sciatica that becomes more painful with rest
For sciatica pain that gets worse from rest or while sitting, rhus tox is the ideal homeopathic prescription. Lying on the painful side could worsen the pain in such cases. Walking or movement of the affected limb offers relief. Along with severe pain, a burning sensation may be felt in the lower limbs. Rhus tox also works wonderfully well in treating sciatica that arises from lifting a heavy weight.

9.Valeriana officinalis –
Best homeopathic prescription for sciatica where standing increases pain
Valeriana officinalis is a most suitable homeopathic medicine for sciatica that gets worse from standing. Persons who need this prescription may also complain of sciatic pain getting worse from stretching the leg. Walking may make things better. Valeriana officinalis is also the most popular medicine to prescribe where severe pain is felt from calf (back of leg) to heel.

Homeopathic medicines for sciatica- FAQ’s

  • I have left-sided sciatica, which homeopathic remedy should I take?

I would suggest homeopathic medicine colocynthis for your left-sided sciatica. I have seen excellent results with this prescription in sciatica complaints of this type. A person who needs colocynthis will have pain in the lower back radiating down the left leg. The pain may be drawing, tearing or shooting in nature.

  • Which homeopathic medicine would you advise for right-sided sciatica?

There is a huge list of homeopathic medicines to choose from for treating sciatica of right side. Among them, magnesia phosphorica is rated among the best. It is indicated for shooting, cramping, lancinating pain in the entire right leg starting from the lower back. Pressure or warm applications in the leg provide relief.

  • My sciatica pains make the leg feel numb. Is there a homeopathic remedy for this?

The homeopathic medicine that I have found to be most effective for sciatica when the pain is attended with numbness is gnaphalium polycephalum. It is also the medicine to prescribe when the pain in lower limbs alternates with numbness.

  • I recently suffered a lower back injury and now have sciatica pains. Can homeopathic medicines help?

For your sciatica that has arisen after surgery, you could take homeopathic medicines arnica montana, hypericum perforatum and ruta graveolens. These medicines work wonderfully well to treat sciatica complaints arising after injury.

  • How does homeopathy treat sciatica where pain is accompanied by marked sensitivity in lower limbs?

To treat sciatica when pain in lower limbs is attended with sensitivity, homeopathic medicine cotyledon umbilicus is used. It has shown the most extraordinary results in sensitivity cases.

  • I have sciatica and i’m in so much pain I can’t walk. What homeopathic remedy do you suggest?

Sciatica pain that worsens from walking can be best dealt with homeopathic medicine bryonia alba. This medicine offers help when sciatica gets worse from the slightest motion or walking. Rest and lying in one position provides relief in such cases.

  • I cannot sit for long due to sciatica, can you help?

Yes, homeopathic medicines can remedy the situation for you and surely treat your sitting issues due to sciatica. Kali iod and rhus tox are two super effective prescriptions where sciatica pains worsen from sitting. The person typically feels better while walking in such cases that need this prescription.

  • My sciatica worsens from standing. Which homeopathic medicines do you recommend?

For sciatica that gets worse with standing, homeopathic medicines valeriana officinalis and kali lod prove most useful. Such persons also typically feel better while walking even though standing in painful.

  • My mri shows a disc bulge, is there a homeopathic cure for my sciatica?

Yes, homeopathic medicines can surely help sciatica arising from a disc bulge. However, the homeopathic medicines in this case are selected carefully based on individual symptoms and case analysis. The side affected and the modalities that worsen or lessen the pain are studied in detail before a prescription is decided.

  • What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain that begins in the lower back and travels down the lower limbs traversing the root of sciatic nerve. Sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It marks its beginning in the lower back and runs down the hips, back of legs and down to the feet. There is one sciatic nerve on either side of the body and any one of them may be involved when pain is experienced. An irritation or compression of sciatic nerve leads to sciatica.

  • What causes sciatica?

The causes of sciatica could be many, but the main among these are pinching, compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. This pinching or compression may result from a disc bulge or a herniated disc in the lower spine. Other causes of sciatic nerve compression are degeneration of the spinal disc, stenosis (narrowing) of the spinal canal, bone spurs, spondylolisthesis (dislocated vertebra), piriformis syndrome and compression of sciatic nerve from a tumor in the spine.

  • I have sciatica and my mri shows a disc bulge in the lower spine. Are the two related?

A disc (intervertebral disc) is basically the shock absorbing cushion between the spinal vertebrae. Discs are placed between vertebrae – one intervertebral disc between two vertebrae. When a disc develops a bulge due to some reason, it moves out from its normal position and starts compressing or putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. This compression leads to sciatica.

  • How can I tell I have sciatica?

Pain in the lower back that radiates down either leg clinically signifies that you have sciatica. The pain may be dull, tearing, shooting, lancinating (piercing or stabbing) or electric shock-like in nature. Few other symptoms that persist are numbness, tingling, burning sensation or weakness in the lower limb on the affected side. Standing or sitting for long worsens the pain. Lying down or walking relieves the symptoms. Doctors usually prescribe investigations such as x-rays, mri, ct scan, emg i. E. Electromyography.

  • Can sciatica be both sided (bilateral)?

In a majority of the cases, sciatica is one sided i. E. With unilateral involvement of the sciatic nerve. However, the sciatic nerve on both sides (bilateral) may become involved. Causes of bilateral sciatica are large, central disc herniation, compressing of nerve roots, multiple disc herniation at different levels and spinal stenosis.

  • My pain is confined to the lower back and hips, is it sciatica?

You could. Though in a majority of the cases, sciatica pain starts from the lower back and radiates down the legs and feet, there are cases where sciatica pain starts in the lower back, but radiates down to the hips and not beyond.

  • My calf muscles and feet hurt. Could that be sciatica as well?

Yes, this is a possible scenario with sciatic nerve compression. Sciatica pain, which usually starts in the lower back and runs down the leg and feet, could in some cases be confined to the leg and feet alone. Any medication should follow proper investigation.

  • Is sciatica related to age?

No, sciatica has nothing to do with age. A person in any age group could suffer sciatica. However, sciatica from degeneration of spinal disc or spinal stenosis is mostly noted in elderly people.

  • Can lower back injury lead to sciatica?

Yes, lower back injury can cause compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, leading to sciatica.

  • What investigations are conducted to establish or rule out sciatica?

Any major investigations related to sciatica include x-rays, mri, ct scan, emg i. E. Electromyography.

  • I had sciatica, which is now healed. How can I make sure it does not come back?

You can prevent sciatica from recurring by learning techniques that reduce stress and strain in the lower back. Doing regular exercise also helps.

  • Can I take physiotherapy sessions along with homeopathic medicines to manage my sciatica pain?

Of course, you could definitely do exercises or take physiotherapy sessions alongside homeopathic medicines to manage sciatica. In fact, physiotherapy has serious long term benefits in sciatica. However, in severely acute sciatica pain, exercise should be avoided. It can be resumed once the acute episodes of sciatica have settled down.

  • My doctor advised surgery. Will it help to try homeopathic medicines in such a scenario?

Yes, homeopathic medicines are extremely effective and have to power to treat even severe cases of sciatica and avoid surgical procedures. However, the extent of benefit from these medicines will be based on factors such as duration, intensity and cause of sciatica. Spinal surgery can be avoided in a large number of the cases.

  • My physician says I have piriformis syndrome. What is that?

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that is caused when the sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle. Piriformis is a muscle located in the hips and a spasm in this muscle may compress the sciatic nerve. The symptoms arising include pain or numbness of the hip i. E. The gluteal region. Tingling may also be felt in the hip. The pain, after starting from the hip, may radiate down the course of sciatic nerve. Excessive sitting or pressure over the piriformis muscle may worsen the symptoms.

  • What is the cauda equina syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome is a serious neurological condition and a surgical emergency. Nerves located at the end of the spinal cord form a bundle called cauda. A severely ruptured disc in the lumbar area, spinal canal stenosis, injury and malignant tumour in the spine are common causes for cauda equina syndrome. The symptoms of cauda equina include severe low back pain, numbness/weakness in legs, bladder or bowel dysfunction, urinary retention, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, anesthesia or paraesthesia in area including perineum, external genital, anus or pin needle feeling in groin or inner thighs, sciatica type pain and gait disturbance. Homeopathic medicines are of no help in such cases and the patient needs to be rushed into emergency.

  • Lifestyle changes can help treat sciatica?

Yes, lifestyle changes can truly help manage sciatica and to an extent help it heal fast when accompanied by homeopathic medicines. Just learning a few techniques to adopt for the way we sit, stand or bend to lessen the stress on the back can reduce pain and make life that much easier. The first on the not-to-do list is forward or backward bending. The next is lifting heavy weights. Prolonged sitting and standing must also be avoided. Reducing body weight will help, as will avoiding high heels and quitting smoking. To further reduce pain, warm applications in the affected area are advised. Sleeping on a firm mattress is also recommended. Stretching exercises and physiotherapy also hasten the positive effects of homeopathic medicines and help the condition to heal faster.

Sciatica - Know Ayurvedic Herbs For It!

Dr. Mohammad Mubeen Khan 88% (168 ratings)
Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Ayurveda, Bhopal
Sciatica - Know Ayurvedic Herbs For It!

Gridhrasi is what Sciatica is known as in Ayurveda. It is the disorder that causes mild to agonizing pain in the sciatic nerve or neuralgia. These nerves, emerging from the pelvis, run along the hamstring and may cause intense pain in one or both the legs when a person suffers from Sciatica. Sciatic pains fill your life with misery as the simplest of daily activities cause sudden and excruciating pain. There are two types of sciatia i.e. true sciatica and pseudo sciatica. Sciatica may be caused due to bulging disc or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy or trauma etc. 

According to Ayurveda, Sciatica is caused due to impairment in Vata i.e. the dosha responsible for the functional ability and movement of the body, and also in some cases due to impairment in the Kapha i.e. the dosha that is responsible for body fluids and lubrication.

Ayurvedic herbs that improve the symptoms of Sciatica are:

1. Babunah is also known as Bitter Chamomile. Not only is it used to relieve and reduce the pain faced by a sciatica patient, but it is also used for treating problems such as rheumatism due to the advancement of age. Compressed bitter chamomile flowers are prescribed for sciatica.

2. Guggulu is also known as Indian Bdellium. Since guggulu is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it relaxes the sciatic nerves.

3. Rasna is also known as Vanda Orchid. Intense or agonizing pain due to the sciatic nerve issues can be reduced by this ayurvedic herb due to its anti-inflammatory properties. 

4. Juniper oil is extremely helpful when massaged onto the thigh muscles with firm strokes or pressure. It is used extensively in massage therapy for treating sciatica since the extent of reduction in sciatic nerve pain is tremendous. 

5. Jaiphal is also known as Nutmeg. After being mixed with sesame seeds oil, nutmeg is coarsely powdered and then fried till it turns brown. This is then applied to those areas where the sciatic pain is intense for instant relief.

6. Kumari is also known as Indian Aloe. Properties of Indian Aloe are extremely helpful in treating lower back ailments such as sciatica and lumbago.

7. Shallaki is also known as Boswellia or Frankincense. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, shallaki is applied externally to get relief from sciatic nerve pain. 

Ayurvedic preparations such as yogaraja guggulu, Vataganjakusha, Saindhavadi taila are also very useful in treating Sciatica. 

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I have low back and sciatic pain since 2 years. Met many Orthopedic surgeons and Physiotherapists. No remedy yet. Please help me on it.

Dr. Vishwas Virmani 92% (23404 ratings)
Physiotherapist, Noida
I have low back and sciatic pain since 2 years. Met many Orthopedic surgeons and Physiotherapists. No remedy yet. Ple...
Chiropractic adjustment will help. Avoid Squatting- Avoid sitting Cross legged. Contrast Fomentation (Hot and Cold).
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Hi, I am male 64 years suffering from SLIP DISC and suffering from severe sciatica pain in left leg, unable to stand and walk, please suggest the best treatment for this condition.

Dr. Vishwas Virmani 92% (23404 ratings)
Physiotherapist, Noida
Hi, I am male 64 years suffering from SLIP DISC and suffering from severe sciatica pain in left leg, unable to stand ...
Chiropractic Mobilization will help. Do the cat/cow stretch. Get on all fours, with your arms straight and your hands directly under your shoulders; your knees hip-width apart.
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Hello doc. I am 25 years female. I got sciatic pain since last year. I can't sit or walk properly. What should I Do?

Dr. Prashant K Vaidya 91% (15773 ratings)
Diploma In Gastroenterology, Diploma In Dermatology, BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Hello doc. I am 25 years female. I got sciatic pain since last year. I can't sit or walk properly. What should I Do?
Lift your left leg and place your right ankle on top of the left knee. Hold the position for a moment. This helps stretch the tiny piriformis muscle, which sometimes becomes inflamed and presses against the sciatic nerve, causing pain. Do the same exercise with the other leg.
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HI, I have sciatica pain and numbness from left hip to bottom leg kindly suggest medication & stretches.

DM - Neurology
Neurologist, Warangal
HI, I have sciatica pain and numbness from left hip to bottom leg kindly suggest medication & stretches.
MRI of L-S Spine will help in diagnosing and treating it well. A short course of Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs like Naproxen may be taken to reduce pain. Antineuralgic drugs like duloxetine may be required as well.
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