One of the most common symptoms after a car wreck is sciatic nerve pain. When you have sciatic nerve pain, it can be one of two causes: an injured disc, or tight muscles in the back of the hip.
In the following videos, Dr. Paul Holderfield will demonstrate two stretches that you can do at home meant to help you manage sciatic nerve pain.
For this exercise, you’ll want to lay face down on a flat surface. With your hands by your shoulders, similar to a push-up position, press your body up and then come back down. Repeat this about 10-15 times and see if the pain is better, worse, or the same. It’s best to see a professional when you have sciatic nerve pain because you could make it worse if you’re doing the wrong exercise.
2. Hip Stretches
Sciatic nerve pain can come from an injured disc, but it can also come from tight muscles in the back of the hip. Hers is a hip stretch that can help with the pain. Find a surface that’s off the ground like a bench or a chair. Cross your leg in front of you and make sure your whole leg is down. Keep your chest up tall and a straight back as you lean forward into the stretch. You can work into different angles and do about 15-20 reps or you can lean forward and hold for about 30 seconds.
As mentioned before, it’s important to get checked by a professional so that you can properly manager your sciatic nerve pain. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and are experiencing sciatic nerve pain, make an appointment with us today and let us help you manage your pain.