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Exercises to Relieve Sciatica and Low Back Pain

Lower back Pain

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  • Opioid drugs are typically prescribed as a first line treatment for back pain, even though these drugs have now surpassed both heroin and cocaine as the leading cause of fatal drug overdoses in the US
  • When back pain strikes, try to relax your back and your mind. Applying ice can be helpful, as can getting acupuncture or chiropractic care, and taking anti-inflammatory herbs. Other long-term solutions are discussed
  • Sciatic pain is often related to compression of the lumbar spine, and exercises designed to lengthen your spine are a good first measure. Exercises to stretch your piriformis muscle can also help

By Dr. Mercola

If you have back pain or sciatic nerve pain, you're not alone. Globally, one out of 10 people suffers from lower back pain, and back pain is also the number one cause of job disability worldwide.

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