What Are the Best Exercises to Ease Nerve Pain

Sciatica occurs in approximately one out of every 10-20 people (5-10%) in the United States suffering from low back pain (LBP). The latter condition is incredibly common, with 49-70% of Americans having experienced it during their lives.

What exactly is sciatica, though? It is chronic pain produced by damage or irritation to the sciatic nerve – which is the largest nerve within the body, starting as nerve roots within the spine of the lower back and running down through the hips and legs to the feet. When people experience sciatic pain, it generally is experienced in the area from the lower back to the thigh, possibly extending to the lower leg.

To ease sciatica pain, people often are looking for simple, at home strategies. The important thing is that you recover your quality of life as quickly as possible. To that end, here are several stretches for sciatic nerve pain relief – along with notes on exercises and other ways you can move forward to relieve your pain.

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When the Pain Persists After Surgery

Imagine … three failed back surgeries and two decades on opiates. Some, who have never experienced chronic, incapacitating pain, might be inclined to say, “Just suck it up.” But this man’s pain was so severe, so debilitating that not only did he have to give up coaching his then-adolescent daughter’s sports activities, but he couldn’t even enjoy a movie out with the family. Ever.

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Is Sciatica Getting On Your Nerves?

Sciatica refers to the symptoms experienced when the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body, is irritated. It can literally be a real pain in the butt.

That’s because the sciatic nerve branches from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. So the pain experienced by some three million Americans isn’t so much concentrated in the lower back, but radiates lower and usually only affects one side of the body. For some, the pain is debilitating; for others, it’s more of an annoyance with the potential to get worse. But for most, it’s easily treatable.

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