Sciatica refers to pain affecting the back, hip and leg and is caused by the compression or increased pressure of a spinal nerve root in the lower region of the back. This compression is often due to degeneration of an intervertebral disk. Although most people with sciatica experience pain on only one side, while rare, it is possible to experience sciatica pain on both sides of the body.
What can I do to relieve pain in my sciatic nerve?
There are many steps you can take to alleviate pain associated with sciatica, including:
Physical Therapy — One of the most effective treatments for sciatica is physical therapy. This can help restore proper function and improve range of motion.
Stretching — Regularly stretching helps reduce inflammation around the sciatic nerve, reducing pain.
Exercise — Although sciatica can make the thought of moving unbearable, exercise can help sciatica in the long-term. Walking, swimming and yoga are effective exercises at reducing sciatica pain.
Medication — Sometimes medication can be prescribed to relieve pain, or over-the-counter medicines may be taken.
Consume Anti-Inflammatory Foods — A healthy diet can prevent a whole host of health problems, and can also help fix damage already done. Anti-inflammatory foods include turmeric, ginger, green and black tea.
What is the best treatment for sciatica?
There are many different treatments available for sciatica, some of the most common include:
Exercise — Gentle exercise like walking is often prescribed to patients with sciatica. It can help stretch the spine without doing any additional damage.
Stretching — To improve range of motion and flexibility, stretching is a simple treatment for sciatica that can effectively relieve pain by relieving pressure on the compressed nerves.
Ice and Heat Pack — Applying both heat and cold packs to an affected area can help relieve pain associated with sciatica. Cold therapy helps to reduce inflammation. Heat therapy helps speed up the healing process by promoting blood flow to the area.
Practice Proper Posture — Staying in one position for too long and a sedentary lifestyle are two of the main causes of sciatica pain. Changing position regularly, about every 20 minutes, and being mindful of posture can reduce pressure on the spine and relieve sciatica pain.
Chiropractic Care — Visiting a chiropractor has many benefits and is a non-surgical, prescription-free approach to managing sciatic pain. A study conducted in 2010 discovered that, when other non-surgical treatments failed to provide relief, sixty percent of sciatica patients with herniated disks experienced relief from chiropractic care equal to that of surgery. Chiropractic care is often used as an additional therapy that can supplement other approaches to managing sciatica pain. PC Medical Centers has a team of experienced chiropractors that can help you effectively manage sciatica pain.
How long will sciatica take to heal?
Sciatica can be either acute or chronic. In acute cases, sciatica typically lasts around four to six weeks, with pain that lasts around one to two weeks. In chronic cases, certain medical conditions can produce sciatica symptoms for months, or even years.
What triggers sciatica?
Triggers for sciatica include:
- High levels of stress
- Poor posture
- Depression and other negative emotions
- Wearing tight-fitting clothing
- Sitting for long periods, especially when an object is in the back pocket
- Wearing shoes with high heels or shoes that are not adequately cushioned
- Bending over
- Being overweight or obese
- Lifting heavy objects
- Living a sedentary lifestyle
If you or someone you know is experiencing sciatica pain, come to PC Medical Centers for treatment today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating sciatica and can help you relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. For more information on our sciatica treatment and how it can benefit you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our sciatica specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.