Sciatica – the symptoms associated with the compression of the sciatic nerve – is a frustrating condition that can leave you fighting off a variety of neurological symptoms in the lower body. Whether you are experiencing muscle weakness in one of your legs, numbness in your toes or pain radiating along the nerve, knowing how to treat sciatica pain with conservative, non-surgical therapies can alleviate your pain and restore your peace of mind.
Sciatica treatment options
Here are some of the most common non-invasive treatments:
- Anti-inflammatory medication – it stands to reason that one way to alleviate pain is with pain medication. Your physician may direct you to take either over-the-counter or prescription medication to reduce the swelling around your affected nerve and alleviate the discomfort you are feeling.
- Exercises to treat sciatica – it may seem counterintuitive that exercise is actually better than rest, but proper exercise can reduce your pain and prevent future damage. It is important to work with your physician to develop targeted exercises to ensure you are strengthening the correct part of your back and not overdoing your workout. Low-impact exercise is a great way to strengthen the weak parts of your back and increase your flexibility and mobility.
- Stretching – like exercise, stretching is an important way to build flexibility in your lower back and help limit the risk of sciatica returning after it has been managed the first time.
- Heat or ice therapy – the use of hot packs or ice is another way to limit the swelling in your lower back and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve. Specifically, ice is great for numbing sore parts of the back, while heat is an effective way to increase blood circulation and expedite the healing process.
- Other forms of manipulation – this can include everything from physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractics and more. However, it is important to find a medical professional who understands your condition and is qualified to help treat your sciatica.
When conservative treatment is not enough
If you are still experiencing sciatica after several weeks of conservative treatment, it might be time to contact the spine specialists at Laser Spine Institute. To learn more about sciatica and how to treat low back pain or to receive more information about our minimally invasive outpatient procedures, contact us today and schedule a complimentary initial consultation at one of our conveniently located surgery centers.