Sciatic Treatment: Back Pain Relief
Sciatic back pain occurs from the hip or lower back and down through to the toes. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest single nerve in the human body, running from the top of the legs and down to the feet. When this nerve becomes compressed or irritated, patients often feel a serious piercing pain from the lower back or numbness and a tingling sensation in the legs. Left untreated for too long, these symptoms can cause the person to become debilitated and they may not recover completely.
Here are three golden rules for sciatic treatment:
- Get a second opinion if you’re told you need surgery. In most cases, sciatic 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. Make sure you exhaust other treatment options before you have a costly and potentially dangerous surgery. Every surgery that involves the nerves of the spine has the potential to do serious long term harm.
- Get the exercise you need. While it may seem counter intuitive, the best sciatic treatment is not bed rest, but exercise. Over time, inactivity only makes the pain worse. What’s more, the less exercise you do, the more your other back muscles become weakened from inactivity. This increases the likelihood of injuring another part of the back. A variety of exercises exist for sciatic treatment, differing depending upon how the injury occurred. Over the long term, exercise is one of the best ways to heal the back. 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 mitigated 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.
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