Hello, I’m Dr. James Schofield. Sciatic nerve pain sometimes called Sciatica can be one of the most painful conditions a person can experience. Typically it is pain that descends from the lower back or buttock into the thigh, and possibly into the lower leg and foot. Today I’d like to give you ideas on how to avoid sciatic nerve pain, or if you’re having sciatica, how you can obtain relief. But, if you need us right away please call us at the telephone number listed below. There are many causes of sciatic nerve pain including bulging,.
Protruded or herniated discs, pinched nerves and misalignment of the spine and pelvis or sacroiliac joint. And sciatica should not be confused with a hamstring muscle strain or a problem of the hip or knee joints. It’s important to properly diagnose exactly what is causing the pain. If you are prone to sciatica here are some steps you can take to minimize it. First, avoid prolonged sitting or driving. Sitting causes increase of pressure on our lower back discs. If they are already irritated it can worsen sciatic nerve pain. It’s best to get up from a seated position.
Every 2030 minutes and move about. Also avoid sitting in a soft overstuffed chair like a sofa. Second, be careful in the morning. Our lower back is most vulnerable in the first hour after awaking. Strenuous physical activity that first hour after arising from bed should be avoided. Third, men should not sit with a wallet in the back pocket as it can cause strain on the posture of the lower back and pelvis and can cause or worsen sciatic nerve pain. For the same reason women should avoid wearing high heels if they are prone to sciatic nerve pain.