How should I exercise if I have sciatica?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

After your sciatica first develops, a day or two of bed rest may be helpful. However, extended periods of inactivity will make your sciatica worse, so you'll want to start exercising soon. Begin with gentle activity, such as stationary bicycling or aquatic exercise. After you begin to feel a little better, you can increase your aerobic activity. You may also want to add some strength training, especially exercises that incorporate your abdomen and lower back muscles for overall back health. Before you start any exercise, consult with your doctor.

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