Member Case Study: Sciatic Pain and Training

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Question from Isis54
Sciatic type pain AT REST and training. If pain is chronic...is there harm in resuming training thru pain?

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Pain is the body's signal that something is amiss. Chronic pain can be from a problem that is persistent or from a continuing abnormal signal to the brain. The answer to your question is complex, and requires a thorough understanding of the origin of your pain. You should probably see your sports physician and get an accurate diagnosis so you can make an educated decision about whether training will do no harm or make the problem worse. For example, if you have an inguinal hernia, it might be ok to run through the pain. If you have a femoral neck (hip) stress fracture, running with pain could end your competitive career and result in life-threatening complications.

If you have already been evaluated and have been given the diagnosis of sciatic nerve related pain, your pain at rest may be due to the position of your back, since most people with low back trouble do not feel comfortable sitting. If exercise does not make you worse overall (i.e., you’re not worse the next morning), exercise can be beneficial for this type of pain. A sports medicine physician and/or qualified physical therapist should be able to evaluate you and provide more tailor-made recommendations.

 

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date: May 1, 2006

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The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was formed in 1991 to fill a void that has existed in sports medicine from its earliest beginnings. The founders most recognized and expert sports medicine specialists realized that while there are several physician organizations which support sports medicine, there has not been a forum specific for primary care non-surgical sports medicine physicians.

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The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was formed in 1991 to fill a void that has existed in sports medicine from its earliest beginnings. The founders most recognized and expert sports medicine specialists realized that while there are several physician organizations which support sports medicine, there has not been a forum specific for primary care non-surgical sports medicine physicians.

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