Low back injuries often restrict movement and lead to the weakening of low back muscles. Exercise balls are a great option for a gentle core-strengthening program that can stabilize the muscles surrounding the spine and help prevent future injury.
If your sciatica symptoms start or flare up when you walk, your walking posture may be the cause. Incorrect walking patterns can cause misalignment, fatigue, and/or excessive stress on your lower back tissues, which can irritate or compress your sciatic nerve roots, causing sciatica.
Pain from degenerative disc disease can be debilitating, but you have options. Exercise, over-the-counter pain medications, lifestyle changes, and surgery are all valid ways to control degenerative disc disease pain.