Common "Sciatica" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


The type of pain that radiates from the lower back to your hips and legs is called sciatica. This pain results from the compression of the sciatic nerve. Some of the risk factors for sciatica are the presence of bone spurs or herniated disc, obesity, prolonged sitting, and diabetes.

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I had a minor herniated disc, but the sciatica is heavy. Why?

Query: Hello,I had a minor herniated disc L4 or L5 last year. (MRI confirmed nerve pinch, but no broken disc or liquid leaks) With heavy pain, I was hospitalized but recovered within two weeks. With Ibuprofen and muscle relaxants, I was able to walk and function pretty normally. Sciatica (leg nerve pain) c...  Read Full »

Jay Indravadan Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As it is a year-old injury now I will suggest doing some physical tests like the McKenzie maneuver to see if the radiating symptoms stop and the pain gets centralized to the lower back. The McKenzie maneuver is simple, and you can read about it and practice it. Now I...  Read Full »

Kindly advise ayurvedic medicine to treat ependymoma and sciatica pain.

Query: Hello doctor, This is regarding my brother, male, age 39 years, height 5'10", weight 143.30 Ibs suffering from spinal cord tumor ependymoma was diagnosed six months back. The problems faced are sciatica pain in the left leg, back of the thigh, lower back, piriformis muscle, ankle pain, tingling, num...  Read Full »

Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The report you have attached was taken eight months back (attachment removed to protect patient identity). So, now there might be more growth and spread of the tumor. Ideally, surgery and radiotherapy can be preferred. If more pain is there, the oncologist will give mor...  Read Full »

My husband got lower back pain suddenly. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband is a healthy 38 year old, who does not smoke and drink. He has worked hard since he was 11 years old, and he held his current job for five years now, which includes laying carpet and floors of all kinds. He has never had any issue with his body in his entire life up until last ...  Read Full »

Maan Singh Dhanjal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It sounds like a classic case of sciatica or perhaps aggravated lumbar disc herniation. Your husband will require an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the lower back to confirm the diagnosis. If true, then you should visit a chiropractor to start conservative care....  Read Full »

I am 26 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing sciatic pain and immobility even after getting treated by chiropractors. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 weeks pregnant with symptoms of sciatic pain and immobility. I have been treated by chiropractors twice. One chiropractor performed the Webster technique and did a physical assessment regarding my health; which has helped with sciatic pain but no manipulation. My second chiropr...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. If the symptoms are due to sciatica, then you may need facet and lower back manipulation, which may not be possible due to pregnancy. Alternatively, if your pain was due to sacral issues then the Webster techniq...  Read Full »

Can mixed martial arts help in managing osteoarthritis and sciatica?

Query: Hello doctor, I currently suffer from osteoarthritis and sciatica in my lower back. I have been told by a personal trainer that taking up mixed martial arts classes would be good for my conditions. Can you confirm whether this is correct?  Read Full »

Jay Indravadan Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What I feel is mixed martial arts would damage the tissue more for now until we come up to some level of muscle strength. I would advise you to focus on some exercises which are listed below. This exercise should be gradually increased from week to week and continued...  Read Full »

Will chiropratic exercise help in flare-up pain in sciatica?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old. Sciatica has been present and bothersome for two months. I have been in a low level of constant pain at the least with flair ups every other day radiating through my leg and spine. When it first presented there was a total weakness in my ankle and loss of sensitivit...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In my opinion, if you are sure that you have sciatica then a few exercises will help you to relieve the issue. I recommend you to do a lot of icing in the low back and butt area. Then lie on your stomach with palm placed either side of your shoulder. By pushing your ...  Read Full »

What causes sudden and intermittent pain in my legs at night?

Query: Hello doctor,My leg is in excruciating pain at night to the point where I cannot walk. During the day, it still hurts but is manageable, and I can still walk, but once it hits about twelve, I can barely move without crying. The pain starts in my butt and feels like a constant cramp from there down m...  Read Full »

Jani Hemang Sudhakarbhai

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have gone through your problems and can manage your symptoms if you follow the below-mentioned guidelines. As per your complaint, it is evident that there is some compression at the spinal cord level. Due to that, there is radiation of pain from the buttocks to the thigh ...  Read Full »

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