What exercises should I avoid if I experience sciatic nerve pain?

During a sciatic "flare up," it may be best to rest for a day or two. However, be sure to avoid extended periods of inactivity as this can actually cause further degeneration and more pain. Some exercises to avoid once you resume physical activity include hip abduction machines, heavy squats, and high impact exercises such as running/sprinting and aerobics classes. The sciatic nerve runs from your spinal cord to your buttocks and down the back of both legs. It is the largest nerve in your body. Several factors can contribute to sciatic nerve pain including a herniated disk and piriformis syndrome. Individuals with sciatic nerve pain should choose low impact exercise such as walking, water aerobics, core strengthening exercises and light stretching. The cause of the pain will dictate which exercises are most appropriate.

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