DIY Sciatica Test and Best Exercise for Relief

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In this blog, we’ll share a 30-second sciatica self-test and the #1 best exercise for sciatica relief.

Do you (or someone you know) suffer from pain, numbness or tingling in your legs, feet, buttocks or lower back?

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a health condition characterized by pain going down the leg from the lower back. … Weakness or numbness may occur in various parts of the affected leg and foot. About 90% of sciatica is due to a spinal disc herniation pressing on one of the lumbar or sacral nerve roots.  Wikipedia

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Schedule a Hassle-Free Consultation with Mike or Jackie today at 763-595-1300!

If you do and you are looking for natural and permanent relief, then here are 2 valuable tools to help you…

Recently I was doing some research on Sciatica and lower back pain treatments and I stumbled on some information that I thought you or someone you know might find valuable. Have you or someone you know and care about ever missed work due to Sciatica or back pain?

Or Missed out on a family vacation or activity because you were afraid to aggravate your Sciatica or back pain?

Or found yourself worrying more about your pain, numbness, and tingling rather than living your life?

At Crossover Physical Therapy we specialize in treating Sciatica.

Simply put Sciatica has 3 common causes:

  1. Herniated discs
  2. Stenosis or Arthritis
  3. Pelvic or SI joint problem

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When you match the right treatment with the right problem, the symptoms should go away…almost immediately (there are exceptions: comorbidities, surgery, chronic injections, and medicines.)

Have you ever seen the guy or lady who has to lean on her shopping cart as she is walking through Marketplace, Coborns or Target?  The reason he/she needs to do that is usually because of arthritis (Doctors call it “Stenosis”) in the lower back. Successful treatment for that condition usually involves:

  1. Specific exercises usually involving bending forward (flexing forward)
  2. Hands-on Physical Therapy

So if he/she is going to be in a lot more pain and the symptoms in his/her leg may actually become worse.

Mention this blog when you contact us for a FREE EXAM or FREE CONSULTATION at 763-595-1300, until January 30th.

So here are 2 important tools I want you to have (or if you are feeling fine, you can pass them on to someone who may need them)

A 30-second self-test that you can do in the safety and comfort of your own home to see if you really have Sciatica.

The number one, the single best exercise to do for Sciatica relief.

Self-Test for Sciatica

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  1. Sitting on a chair, look down.
  2. Straighten one leg, with toes in the air.
  3. Repeat on the other side.

What it means: If your leg with pain, numbness or tingling does not go up as high as the other leg, you likely have sciatica.

Your next step is to see what is causing the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Call us to schedule an appointment…we can help you with that.

#1 Best Exercise for Sciatica Relief: Standing Back Bend

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(The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc.  If this exercise does not help, call our office at 763-595-1300 to schedule an appointment).

  1. Standing with hands-on-hips, feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Bend backward until a stretch is felt.   Hold 5 seconds, repeat 20 times.

We hope this helps you.

Dr. Mike & Dr. Jackie

P.S. When doing the exercise for relief 3 things can happen:

You feel better.

You don’t feel any different.

You feel worse.

If you feel better, great, keep doing it (there is an entire series of more advanced exercises to do.  We can show you if you need it. If you are a #2 or #3 (no change or feeling worse) I have also attached a Sciatica screening coupon. Call 763-595-1300 to schedule a FREE screening. Our team, who specialize in Sciatica, will examine you and determine:

  1. The cause of your Sciatica
  2. If you need an MRI or x-ray (Luckily, usually not.)
  3. What successful and natural treatment looks like for you?

P.P.S. We need to limit the free screens to the first 3 people to call because of our schedules. If you need help, do not delay.  This offer expires on January 30th, 2020.