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Can yoga cure sciatica ?

Can yoga exercises ultimately cure sciatica ? If not cure it, can regular yoga exercises stop it from worsening ? Please answer clearly to both questions. Thank you.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    Cant cure it, but when done under approved methods, it can help deal with the associated pain.
    It wont stop the problem. Until the root problem (disc that is impinging on a nerve root) is eliminated, nothing will really stop it.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
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  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 767
    edited 04/27/2014 - 5:18 PM
    The disc that is causing the impingement can possibly be re-absorbed by your body through guided PT but that isn't a guarantee. The best guarantee is to have the part of the disc that is problematic removed.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • A common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc that is pressing on a nerve. This can sometimes go away on it's own or with physical therapy (yoga positions are often part of PT), other times surgery is needed. So... Kind of. It is worth getting routine from a physiotherapist that is tailored to your spinal condition. I imagine some yoga moves are helpful and some aren't.
  • my feeling is that whatever floats your boat, if you want to try to and it does not harm or hurt your problem, then why not. but to me it is like chiropractors, getting into the shape of a pretzle would not seem to help the pressure on the nerve it would seem to hurt it. but after consulting with a doctor, neurologist or a orthopedic surgeon, if they said it would be ok, then i would go for it. like a professor of mine said, whatever is legal and ethical works. so if you think it helps and your doctors think no harm no foul then go for it. i am too fat and too old and not limber enough to do yoga, but i am still extremely handsome and intelligent so these facts keep me going. oh also i forgot humble also.
    handsome jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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