Sciatica Exercises to Avoid
The sciatic nerve stretches from your back all the way down to your legs.
Lower Back Exercises
The lower back is the site of sciatic compaction, so overloading it too soon will prevent any disk or muscle that is in contact with the nerve from releasing pressure. The University of Maryland Medical Center advocates preventing any exercises that put a high number of pressure on your lower back. This can be virtually any weight bearing exercise during the first four to eight weeks after injury. Once rehabilitation is possible, you should continue to avoid exercises like the squat, deadlift and back extension.
Specific leg exercises can also exacerbate your sciatica. The University of Maryland Medical Center advocates preventing tasks like leg curls, and leg raises while lying face down. Keeping the legs straight during center exercises like sit ups makes the lower back a fulcrum and places an excessive amount of pressure on the weakened muscles.