If you are experiencing sciatica, help is available. This painful condition afflicts countless people worldwide and is one of the leading causes of pain in the back and lower extremities. When the sciatic nerve becomes compressed, either as a result of an injury, a herniated disc or another degenerative spine condition, treatment is often required to alleviate the pain. The good news is that there are a number of different places you can go for sciatica help.
Where to go
The first step to overcoming sciatica is usually to visit your physician for a physical examination and a medical imagery scan to identify the source of your condition. Once it is confirmed that you are experiencing sciatica, there are a number of ways to get help, but make sure to get your physician’s permission before trying anything new to help your sciatica symptoms.
- The gym – one of the best ways to overcome neuropathic pain and to prevent future injury is by strengthening your back muscles. This relieves stress on the lumbar spine and reduces the likelihood of experiencing an inflamed sciatic nerve.
- Stretching classes – like strength training, stretching the muscles in the back is a great way to avoid injury and sciatica.
- Massage therapy – deep tissue massage therapy is an effective way to alleviate stress in the back, which can also reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Chiropractor – a licensed chiropractor can sometimes help realign the spine and reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve and, thus, alleviate the patient’s symptoms.
- Diet counseling – one of the leading contributors to back pain is obesity. Carrying around excess body fat puts additional strain on the lumbar spine, can accelerate spine deterioration and can cause sciatic pain. A diet counselor can help the patient develop a healthy and effective diet plan to lose the weight and keep it off.
- Lifestyle counseling – these counseling sessions can be effective for helping the patient to identify parts of his or her life that can be improved or adjusted to help alleviate sciatica. This can include anything from quitting smoking to improving one’s posture.
- Laser Spine Institute – if conservative treatment doesn’t provide the required pain relief, a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure from Laser Spine Institute is an excellent option. Our procedures offer pain relief without the long recovery, risks and hospitalization typically associated with open spine surgery.
Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more information on our upcoming seminars in cities across the United States. When you contact us, we also can provide you with a review of your MRI or CT scan.