What Causes Sciatic Pain of the Low Back

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 Physiotherapist, discusses physiotherapy for sciatic pain.

 Physiotherapist, discusses physiotherapy for sciatic pain.

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Featuring Gordon Bohlmann, BSc (PT), CGIMS, OMT, BSc HMS
Marpole Physiotherapy

Presenter: Gordon Bohlmann, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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Quiz: Do You Understand Back & Sciatic Pain?

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1

Sciatica usually affects both legs at a time.

Explanation:

Sciatica usually affects only one leg at a time, although it is possible for it to occur in both legs.

2

The main symptom of sciatic pain is pain that begins in your lower spine.

Explanation:

The main symptom of sciatic pain is pain that radiates from your lower spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg.

3

Back pain and sciatica are common during pregnancy.

Explanation:

Back pain and sciatica are common during pregnancy, because the weight and position of the baby adds pressure to the spinal nerves. Pregnancy hormones also cause the ligaments to loosen, which may cause the spine to be unstable, leading to pinched nerves or a slipped disc.

4

The most common cause of sciatic pain is a fracture in the spine.

Explanation:

The most common cause of sciatic pain is a herniated or slipped disc that puts pressure on the nerve root.

5

Exercises that strengthen your core can improve symptoms of back pain or sciatica.

Explanation:

Many back problems are linked to a weak core (the muscles of the back and abdomen). By strengthening your core through exercises, you’re increasing support for your lower back.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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