What Causes Sciatica?

What causes sciatica? www.sciaticaselfcare.com presents an explanation of the most common causes of sciatica.
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  1. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 6:44 pm 

    While marijuana is an effective pain killer for many people, it really does not address the underlying cause(s) of the problem and is therefore merely a short-term method of symptom relief. In addition, medical marijuana is not legal for purchase in most circumstances and the last thing you need is to spend a night in jail when you are in pain. ?

  2. Sirta Zama December 27, 2012 6:11 pm 

    hii doctor
    I have more pain the? winter specially morning times when I wake up.I felt symptoms two years ago.In this times,I practiced regularly sport (kickboxing) .Earlier, I slept on hard surface the pain gone.but right now,I did the same thing,I sill suffering.I don’t know if the weight plays against it? thanks

  3. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 6:00 pm 

    I suggest you check out my Sciatica Exercises Part 1 and Part 2 video and get the free? ebook from my website (there’s a link in the video description). The two videos will give you a better idea of the underlying cause of your symptoms and what to focus on to try to get better. Good luck!

  4. Jessica Blackwell December 27, 2012 5:13 pm 

    hi, ty for the video, I have had an xray and it showed my pelvic area isnt even and i dont have space between my lower bones near my pelvic area. One leg drags an inch longer on the right side A case worker told me I have degenerative disc disease and possibly scoliosis. What kind of dr should I see for this? I am currently having pain that feels? like a charlie horse when i sit or stand up in my butt area and my calf if i lay a certain way it calms down till its time to get up again.

  5. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 4:14 pm 

    Hi Jessica, I suggest you start with a chiropractor as well as the methods discussed in the free ebook available on my website (see the video description for the link). If you are not getting significant improvement within a couple of weeks, it would probably be a good idea to have an MRI to? evaluate further and the chiropractor can refer you accordingly. Good luck!

  6. LittleManArmy December 27, 2012 3:44 pm 

    Hey Dr. I play play soccer pretty much everyday for my school and during a tournament after i jumped to head the ball, my lower back started hurting after i landed. Now the area that it hurts is around the last 2 discs in my spine. The pain is not too bad whenever i run, but i can hardly bend over without it hurting. Also since i play soccer, i kick the ball and i am right footed. Whenever i kick when my right foot, it feels as if it is pulling? a muscle or something in that area. Any advice?

  7. skateremilish December 27, 2012 3:28 pm 

    I have been having these pains in my lower back and it feels like a pinched nerve. It started happing last week after I was? doing sit ups at the gym. Sometimes I get the pains in my legs too. I don’t know what it could be, I don’t know how to fix it. It hurts when I bend down. I tried stretching it out but it dosen’t seem to work. I took a T3 extra strength and that didin’t help me either. If you could help me out on solving what could be wrong with my back that would be great! Thanks!

  8. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 2:30 pm 

    There’s several possible causes for your symptoms, but I’d say the most likely would be a bulging disc or jamming of the joints in the lumbar spine and/or sacroiliac joint. I suggest you check out my Sciatica Exercises Part 1 video an the methods in the free ebook on my website. If those self-treatments don’t help, then I’d recommend? seeing a chiropractor or osteopath who does spinal manipulation to have the joints checked out. Good luck!

  9. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 2:16 pm 

    I suggest you watch my Sciatica Exercises Part 1 video and get the free ebook from my website and try those methods. Situps don’t typically cause bulging discs, but may irritate a previously non-symptomatic bulge. Full situps (as opposed to crunches) also can cause tightening of the iliopsoas muscles which can cause back pain. The extension exercise in the other video can help with both disc and iliopsoas. If the exercise does not help, I’d suggest getting an evaluation from a chiropractor. ?

  10. skateremilish December 27, 2012 1:53 pm 

    What is your website? I will definatley try these exercises out to see if they help! I hope they help! I don’t like this? pain.

  11. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 1:03 pm 

    There is a link to my website in the video description (YouTube doesn’t? allow links or even website names in comments).

  12. chizzadbc December 27, 2012 12:44 pm 

    hi Dr thanks for your vid! Is sciatica forever or does it just happen like pulling a muscles? (i.e. once certain people get it are they? stuck with it forever), thanks!

  13. artboy789 December 27, 2012 12:43 pm 

    Dr Best, I developed drop foot. I don’t have much pain…only numbness in my shin and weakness of my right foot. if i exercise it too much, i get lots of muscle twitching leading to killer cramping in shin and ankle at night. any? suggestions for me?

  14. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 11:53 am 

    In most cases? it can be relieved and prevented with exercises and other self-treatments (visit my website through the link in the video description for more info). There are a few cases that require surgery, and a very small number of cases in which the symptoms are permanent regardless of any treatment.

  15. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 11:15 am 

    Foot drop indicates fairly severe nerve compression. With that type of symptom, I strongly recommend you get checked out by a doctor an probably get an MRI to find out what is causing the nerve compression. I recommend you do this ASAP because if the nerve compression is prolonged, permanent nerve damage can occur. In the meantime, you may want to try the? methods on my website (linked to in the video description), but definitely get checked out as soon as you can.

  16. artboy789 December 27, 2012 10:18 am 

    thanks, it happened 4 years ago…i did the mri thing at the time and surgeon said he wouldn’t operate. i was just wondering if it could get worse and what would be in store for me as i age. i started doing remedial exercise for the foot drop and try to strengthen my leg muscles which seemed to atrophy a little. but i rarely do any stretching of? those muscles.

  17. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 9:34 am 

    Unfortunately it will be tough to make much of a change in the foot drop after 4 years. From a symptom standpoint, you probably would get more from deep massage than from stretching, although stretching the calf muscles may help some. I suggest seeing a massage therapist at first and then you can probably learn where to apply self? massage – the MT can also probably provide you with a massage knobber or similar tool to help save stress on your hands. Good luck!

  18. Kintercept December 27, 2012 8:39 am 

    Dr. Best, Thank you for the great video and explanation. It is the best I have come across, no pun intended. I have been battling L-4 / L-5 problems for years and sciatica for the last 6 or so. Without surgery? I realize it’s only going to get worse. If I wait too long for surgery will the sciatica permanent?

  19. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 8:09 am 

    Depending on the severity of the problem, surgery may or may not be necessary. In most cases, management of the problem with exercises and other self-treatments actually gives better long term results than surgery. With long-standing symptoms like yours, there could already be some permanent damage to the nerve, but if there are? no sensory or muscular losses, usually most or all of the symptoms can be alleviated. I suggest you check out the ebook on my website (linked in the video description).

  20. Kintercept December 27, 2012 7:58 am 

    I will go check out the e-book, thank you Doc. Having been with the same Palmer Chiropractor for 10 years we have concluded that it’s about time? for the surgery. I have been able to put it off for years through exercise, walking stairs, elliptical machine and many miles on a bicycle. I’ll go check out your e-book.

  21. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 7:51 am 

    Hopefully you’ll be able to put off the? surgery for at least a while longer, but in any event, I wish you good luck for the best recovery possible.

  22. Drew Cody December 27, 2012 7:13 am 

    Ty? for the vids Dr Best =)

  23. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 6:49 am 

    You’re welcome!?

  24. ps31v3 December 27, 2012 6:16 am 

    Well explained. Thank you for posting this ?

  25. DrGeorgeBest December 27, 2012 5:23 am 

    You’re? welcome!

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