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SGMC Spine Patient Education 

You may feel like resting, but moving is good for your back. Exercises for lower back pain can strengthen back, stomach, and leg muscles. Strengthening and stretching exercises help keep the muscles, joints, ligaments and dics that support your back limber and healthy. Always ask your health care professional before doing any exercise for back pain. Depending on the cause and intensity of your pain, some exercises may not be recommended and can be harmful. Spine Surgery/Back Exercise Program 

 Exercise Videos

Sciatica Exercises for Degenerative Disc Disease Video

Physical therapist Ron Miller explains and demonstrates the proper technique for stretches and exercises to help relieve sciatic pain from degenerative disc disease. Correct technique and form are important to prevent additional back strain. Mr. Miller reviews a progressive approach to these sciatica exercises, starting with the simple forms and moving to advanced techniques as the patient becomes more experienced and comfortable with the exercises.Click here to view video

Sciatica Exercises for Spinal Stenosis Video

Physical therapist Ron Miller reviews stretches and exercises designed to bring relief for sciatica from spinal stenosis, a condition which can cause severe leg pain and difficulty walking. The focus of these techniques is to increase flexion strength and extension flexibility in the spine. The goal of these exercises is to help the patient perform more activities with less leg pain and improved function.Click here to view video

Hamstring Exercises for Low Back Pain Relief Video

Physical therapist Ron Miller explains and demonstrates the correct exercises and stretches for the hamstring muscles. These techniques are designed to bring relief for lower back pain, since tight hamstrings put pressure on the low back and the surrounding structures. These hamstring exercises can become part of a normal routine and don't require any special equipment.Click here to view video

Exercise Articles

Exercise for Sciatica from Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

Sciatica can be caused by isthmic spondylolisthesis if the condition results in nerve root irritation or impingement. In most cases, if isthmic spondylolisthesis affects or pinches a nerve root it will affect the L5 nerve root.Click here for more info

Exercise for Sciatica from a Herniated Disc

Leg pain or sciatica from a herniated disc is commonly caused by disc material protruding backwards and irritating or compressing a nerve root, which in turn causes pain to radiate along the sciatic nerve.Click here for more info

Exercise for Sciatica from Spinal Stenosis

Sciatic pain from nerve root irritation or impingement can be caused by spinal stenosis, a condition that causes the nerve's passageway to narrow or constrict. A typical symptom of spinal stenosis is sciatic pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve down the leg while walking, with sciatic pain relief only felt when sitting down. The study of this leg pain (sciatica) is referred to as radiculopathy.Click here for more info

Exercise for Sciatica from Degenerative Disc Disease

While degenerative disc disease most often causes low back pain, if a degenerated disc impinges on a nerve root in the low back it can also cause a form of sciatica.Click here for more info