How To Workout w/ Sciatic Pain

If you have sciatic pain, it's important to approach exercise carefully and with the guidance of a medical professional. Sciatic pain is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, which can result in lower back and leg pain. Here are some general tips for working out with sciatic pain:

  1. Start slowly: Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. Avoid any sudden or strenuous movements that may worsen your sciatic pain.

  2. Focus on low-impact exercises: Low-impact activities like swimming, walking, and cycling can help reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve while still providing a good workout.

  3. Strengthen your core: Strengthening your core muscles, such as your back, abs, and hips, can help support your lower back and reduce the risk of further injury.

  4. Stretch regularly: Gentle stretching can help alleviate sciatic pain and improve flexibility. Focus on stretching your hips, hamstrings, and lower back.

  5. Avoid certain exercises: Certain exercises, such as leg curls, sit-ups, and squats, can put additional pressure on the sciatic nerve and should be avoided.

It's important to consult with your doctor or a physical therapist before starting any new exercise program. They can help you determine the best course of action and provide exercises that are tailored to your specific needs and condition.

-Donna M., Exercise Physiologist 

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