Sciatic nerve pain can be so excruciating and debilitating that you don’t even want to get off the couch. Common causes of sciatica can include a ruptured disk, a narrowing of the spine canal (called spinal stenosis), and injury.

 

Certified physical therapist Mindy Marantz says that sciatica pain can occur for a variety of reasons. She says, “Identifying what doesn't move is the first step toward solving the problem.” Often, the most problematic body parts are the lower back and hips.

 

Dr. Mark Kovacs, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, adds that the best way to alleviate most sciatica pain is to do “any stretch that can externally rotate the hip to provide some relief.”

 

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