EXERCISES FOR LUMBAR RADICULOPATHY
Lumbar radiculopathy, commonly referred to as sciatica, is a painful condition that occurs when a nerve in the lower back is compressed or irritated, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in the leg. While treatment for lumbar radiculopathy may include medication, physical therapy, and surgery, exercise is also an effective and natural way to manage the symptoms.
In this article, we will discuss some frequently asked questions about exercises for lumbar radiculopathy and provide answers based on the expertise of Dr. Nitin Jagdhane, a renowned neurosurgeon and spine specialist based in Mumbai.
- What kind of exercises are best for lumbar radiculopathy?
Dr. Nitin Jagdhane recommends exercises that focus on stretching and strengthening the lower back and leg muscles. These exercises can include hamstring stretches, pelvic tilts, hip flexor stretches, and lower back stretches. Additionally, exercises that target the core muscles, such as planks and bridges, can also be beneficial in reducing symptoms.
- Are there any exercises that should be avoided for lumbar radiculopathy?
While exercise is generally beneficial for lumbar radiculopathy, certain exercises should be avoided as they may worsen the symptoms. These exercises include high-impact exercises, such as running and jumping, as well as exercises that involve twisting or bending at the waist, such as sit-ups and toe touches.
- How often should I exercise to manage lumbar radiculopathy?
Dr. Nitin Jagdhane recommends that patients with lumbar radiculopathy engage in regular exercise, ideally for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. However, it is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of the exercise routine.
- Can yoga help with lumbar radiculopathy?
Yes, yoga can be a helpful exercise for managing lumbar radiculopathy symptoms. Yoga poses that focus on stretching and strengthening the lower back, such as downward dog and cobra pose, can help alleviate pain and improve flexibility.
- Should I see a physical therapist before starting an exercise routine for lumbar radiculopathy?
It is recommended that individuals with lumbar radiculopathy consult with a physical therapist before starting an exercise routine. A physical therapist can help design an exercise program that is tailored to the individual’s specific needs and abilities, as well as ensure that the exercises are performed correctly to avoid exacerbating symptoms.
In conclusion, exercise is an effective way to manage lumbar radiculopathy symptoms and improve overall health and mobility. However, it is important to consult with a medical professional, such as Dr. Nitin Jagdhane, before starting an exercise routine to ensure that the exercises are safe and appropriate for the individual’s specific condition.