Home treatment strategies for sciatica
If sciatica pain is making you miserable, ask your doctor about specific sciatica therapies that you can do at home. Home treatment options for sciatica, including exercises and lifestyle changes, offer you a chance to return to your normal daily activities, free from discomfort and pain.
Causes of sciatica pain
Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest and largest nerve of the body. The term sciatica describes a collection of symptoms that typically includes shooting pain, numbness or tingling that starts in the lower back and can travel down into the legs and feet.
Common spinal conditions that can lead to sciatica include:
- Herniated disc/bulging disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Tumors on the sciatic or other spinal nerves
If you have sciatica, your home treatment options will vary based on the specific cause of your condition. Since there are many different types of home remedies for sciatica, you may have to try several different strategies to find the one that works best for you. Your physician can help you determine the best at-home remedies for back pain depending on your medical history and the cause of your symptoms.
Home treatment options for sciatica
A number of sciatica home treatment strategies exist to help you achieve a stronger, healthier spine, reducing your sciatica symptoms. Common home treatment strategies for sciatica include the following:
- Stretching, walking or other low-impact exercises to facilitate the flow of healing nutrients and endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers – to the damaged area of the spine
- Core strengthening exercises to provide spinal support and maintain spinal alignment
- Alternating heat and ice packs to speed healing and reduce inflammation
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and/or pain killers
- Herbal remedies
- Finding comfortable positions and avoiding uncomfortable ones
- Keeping good posture and avoiding slouching
If you are interested in learning more about your personal options for sciatica home treatment, make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can give you an accurate diagnosis of your condition and help you find strategies to relieve pain.
When sciatica pain persists
At times, home treatment and other conservative treatment options fail to relieve sciatica pain. If this is the case, your doctor may recommend surgery. Before you make an appointment for traditional open neck and back surgery, we invite you to learn about the procedures offered at our outpatient surgery center.
At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons specialize exclusively in relieving neck and back pain through minimally invasive, outpatient spine surgery. These minimally invasive procedures, such as minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgery, are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open neck and back surgery. Our procedures offer you a number of benefits over traditional surgery, including a shorter recovery time^ and a lower risk of infection and complication.
Learn more about sciatica treatment
If you have sciatica symptoms, and home treatment strategies are not helping to relieve this condition, please call a member of our Care Team today. We would be happy to set up an MRI review for you to assess your condition and determine your candidacy for our procedures. With a 96 patient satisfaction rate, know that you can always count on us for your complete comfort and care.