When someone is struggling with sciatic nerve issues it can be debilitating. Like many conditions, the advice we give can be just as important as the treatment itself. In the case of sciatica, eliminating nerve stretch is necessary in order for the symptoms to calm down or to avoid flare-ups.
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Sciatica can be brought on by compression of the nerve by surrounding tissues. When that compression is found in the hip area, a group of muscles, that originate at the tailbone and attach to the hip, are often the culprit. This is often referred to as Piriformis Syndrome. The piriformis is the largest of those muscles. Along with pain, symptoms such as numbness and tingling and weakness can also be present.
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Irritation to the sciatic nerve can happen due to a traumatic injury or as the result of repetitive use. Before treatment can take place a proper diagnosis has to be made. The diagnosis is not only important to confirm that the sciatic nerve is affected, but also to know the location or locations where the nerve is being irritated.
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Sciatica can be a painful and debilitating problem that commonly interferes with walking, standing, sitting, and sleeping. In some cases, it is difficult to find any comfortable position at all. Along with pain, symptoms such as throbbing, numbness, weakness, and “pins-and-needles” can also be present.
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For those suffering from shoulder pain your sleep position is extremely important. Although sleeping is rarely the cause of your pain, it should be a focus as it definitely can aggravate and slow its rehab progress. Here are a few things to consider:
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Remember shoulder impingement from last week? Well, the
scapula (shoulder blade) has a HUGE influence on how the shoulder functions and
moves. The scapula is stabilized by four main muscle groups on the thoracic
(rib) cage. From there, all four rotator cuff muscles come off the scapula to
stabilize the shoulder joint so the shoulder can move and function without
pain. If one or more of the muscles that stabilize the scapula isn’t doing its
job, scapular winging can occur and lead to things like shoulder impingement
and pain over time.
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