Good answers. I agree that communication with her doctor and/or physical therapist is the first step. Because the etiology and prognosis varies so much from person to person, exercise choices for one individual who presents with this condition may be quite different than for another individual who presents the same.
As has already been mentioned, she should speak with her doctor. Sciatic pain is really a general term. It is important for the doctor to diagnose the cause of the pain.
We as fitness professionals tend to believe sciatic pain is a consequence of a pinched sciatic nerve, however there are other causes.
Too, for me, pain is an indication that an individual should see their doctor, if any of my clients say they have pain, I suggest that that see their doctor.
All the best to you.
Hello Melisa Byrns,
The others give you great advice.
I would also try to get permission from her, to talk to the doctors who she saw when this happened after the child’s birth.
Something else could be bringing this up again, too.
I wonder if lifting the larger child these days, in and out of a car seat, etc., did not exacerbate the problem?
Good luck to her.
Have you asked her what she did to relieve the pain last time? Did she receive any formal therapy? Did they give her any exercises to perform?
Sciatica can be tricky. There can be so many different causes and depending on the cause, depends which exercises you’d want to do to treat it.
When a pregnant woman presents with sciatica, we often advise them to do opposite arm and leg extensions in an all fours position, cat/cow stretch and bridges. These exercises help to relieve the pressure of the baby on the sciatic nerve, however, the only way to get rid of sciatica is delivery.
In your case, I’d ask her the questions listed above and then have her follow up with a physician to get to the root of the cause.