- Burning, tingling, or a shooting pain down the back of one leg
- Pain in one leg or buttock that is worse with sitting, standing up, coughing, sneezing, or straining
- Weakness or numbness in one leg or foot
- When lifting, hold the object close to your chest, maintain a straight back, and use your leg muscles to slowly rise.
- Practice good posture to reduce pressure on your spine.
- If possible, avoid sitting or standing in one position for prolonged periods.
- Use a low back support during prolonged sitting. Rest one foot on a low stool if standing for long periods.
- Sleep on a firm mattress.
- Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Good choices include walking, swimming, or exercises recommended by your doctor or physical therapist.
- Consider job retraining if your work requires a lot of heavy lifting or sitting.
Proposed Natural Treatments
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- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/18/2014 -