Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
Alternating heat and ice therapy can provide immediate relief of sciatic nerve pain. Ice can help reduce inflammation, while heat encourages blood flow to the painful area (which speeds healing). Heat and ice may also help ease painful muscle spasms that often accompany sciatica.
Keep Moving. If your pain isn't too severe, it's a good idea to stretch, go for short walks, and do any other physical activities that you feel up to. It's especially important to try to stretch your lower back, since that's where something may be pinching your sciatic nerve.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Mar 25, 2020
Walking is a surprisingly effective approach for relieving sciatic pain because regular walking spurs the release of pain-fighting endorphins and reduces inflammation. On the other hand, a poor walking posture may aggravate your sciatica symptoms.
People can experience sciatic pain in the lower back, buttocks, and down the back of either leg. Sciatica usually gets better in 4–6 weeks, but it could last longer. If the pain is severe or lasts more than 6 weeks, consider talking to a doctor about treatment options.
For patients with sciatica, there is little or no difference between advice to rest in bed and advice to stay active. There is little or no difference in the effect of bed rest compared to exercises or physiotherapy, or seven days of bed rest compared with two to three.
If left untreated, sciatica can cause permanent nerve damage that worsens back and leg pain. Over time, the pain may extend to other parts of the body. In some cases, patients stop responding to pain medication, thereby developing chronic pain that cannot be remedied.
Depending on the duration of symptoms and if one or both legs are affected, sciatica can be of different types:
Sciatica pain is typically felt like a constant burning sensation or a shooting pain starting in the lower back or buttock and radiating down the front or back of the thigh and leg and/or feet. Numbness. Sciatica pain may be accompanied by numbness in the back of the leg.
Lie flat on your back—keep your heels and buttocks in contact with the bed and bend your knees slightly towards the ceiling. Slide a pillow between your bed and knees for support. Slowly add additional pillows until you find a comfortable knee position. It's not uncommon to not find relief after a few days.
Now slump…and look down. Now raise and straighten one leg, with toes in the air. Repeat for the other side. If your leg with pain, numbness, or tingling does not go up as high as the other leg, or this maneuver makes your symptoms worse, you likely have sciatica.
The 3 stages of sciatica recovery
Sciatica usually goes away on its own, with or without treatment. A doctor can diagnose the cause of sciatica and may prescribe treatment to speed healing. However, sciatica is not a medical emergency, and it is fine to wait to see whether the symptoms resolve on their own before visiting a doctor.
Sciatica usually resolves on its own without treatment within a month or two. However, that doesn't mean it's gone for good. If you don't resolve the underlying condition that caused sciatica, it may recur and even develop into a chronic pain condition.
Best medications for sciatica
|Best medications for sciatica|
|Aleve (naproxen)||NSAID||Tablet or capsule|
|Aspirin||NSAID||Tablets, chewable tablets|
|Tylenol (acetamenophin)||Pain reliever||Tablets, caplets|
|Lioresal (baclofen)||Muscle Relaxant||Tablet|
Oct 28, 2021