Need treatment for sciatic pain? Follow these rules for sciatic pain relief.
By ChrisB • November 13, 2017 • Sciatic Treatments
Relief from Sciatic Back Pain
Sciatic back pain is caused when a group of nerves in your lower back that makes up the sciatic nerve are compressed or otherwise irritated. The result can be a serious pain in your lower back or a numbness and tingling in the legs. Some people, without sciatic treatment, can become debilitated due to the pain. Follow these rules for sciatica treatment.
- You should get a second opinion if you are told that you need surgery. In many cases, sciatica treatment is non-surgical. If a doctor tells you that you definitely need surgery for your sciatic pain, be sure to get a second opinion first. Be sure that you exhaust other treatment options before you have a costly and potentially dangerous surgery. Every surgery which involves the nerves of the spine has the potential to do serious long-term harm.
- Get the exercise you need. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the best sciatica treatment is exercise, not bed rest. Inactivity only makes the pain worse over time. The less exercise you do, the more your other back muscles become weakened from lack of inactivity. This will increase the likelihood of injuring another part of the back. There are a variety of exercises for sciatica treatment and differ depending upon how the injury occurred. Exercise is one of the best ways to heal the back over the long term. To find the best exercises for your situation, check with your doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist.
- Use heat and/or ice. Sciatic pain can also be lessened by using heat or ice. These are very inexpensive, non-pharmaceutical ways traditionally used to treat back pain. At the beginning of severe sciatic pain, use ice. After a few days, switch from ice to heat. A simple heating pad, hot bath, or a warm gel pack can help to loosen tight muscles around the back. Heat can be applied for 15 to 20 minutes for minor back tension, or as long as two hours at a time for serious back problems.
If you are serious about treating your sciatic pain.
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