Q&A: What Can I Do For Sciatica Pain After Exercising?

woman on stability ballQ: Can you give more info on sciatica nerve pain? Mine flares up when I workout a lot, but I’m told if I don’t workout it will get worse.  – T. Johnson

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A. Sciatica is pain, tingling or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging or ruptured disc in the spine pressing against the nerve roots that lead to the the sciatic nerve.

But sciatica also can be a symptom of other conditions that affect the spine, such as narrowing of the spinal canal, bone spurs caused by arthritis, or nerve root compression caused by injury. In rare cases, sciatica can also be caused by conditions that do not involve the spine, such as tumors or pregnancy.