How to wash your car with sciatic nerve pain
With sciatica, even everyday activities like washing a car can be seemingly impossible. However, with careful planning and a proactive approach, you can minimize your discomfort and live a normal life. Sciatica can lead to debilitating symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the legs. The level of activity that can be achieved with this condition largely depends on the severity, as certain strategies often prove to be very effective for managing sciatica. Read on to learn about certain methods that can help you when washing a car with sciatica as well as what alternative treatment options are available if your symptoms become too severe to participate in your daily routine.
Helpful tips for sciatica
Some things to consider when washing a car while experiencing sciatica include:
- Tools. Rather than using a rag or hand-held tool and bending over to wash the bottom of the car, use a long-handled tool so that you can clean it while standing. Another way to avoid overexerting yourself is to fully extend a vacuum cleaner hose to reach the nooks and crannies in the vehicle rather than bending and reaching.
- Pace yourself. Don’t feel like you have to clean the entire vehicle in one go. Consider cleaning the inside one day and then working on the exterior another day so you can split the effort and avoid overworking your back. Performing small cleaning tasks such as wiping the windows on a daily basis can also reduce the amount of work necessary when the time comes for a thorough cleaning.
- Planning. Keep a small bag in your car for trash so that when you’re cleaning you can simply remove the bag instead of locating and picking up bits and pieces of trash scattered throughout the vehicle. Also, consider keeping cleaning wipes in the glove compartment. By simply wiping down the dashboard, steering wheel and other interior parts every now and then, you can make a big difference in the appearance of the vehicle. Leather seats can be cleaned with specially made leather wipes.
Minimally invasive spine surgery for sciatica
If your sciatica symptoms worsen to the point that washing your car becomes unbearable, your doctor may recommend attempting conservative therapies such as anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, chiropractic visits and steroid injections to alleviate your symptoms. Sciatica surgery may become necessary if your symptoms do not subside after several weeks or months.
If this is the case, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive procedures. Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Our board-certified surgeons+ use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to relieve symptoms while resulting in less surgical blood loss and a reduced risk of infection compared to traditional open spine surgery.^
Reach out to our dedicated team today for more tips on living with sciatica and to find out if our procedures would be effective in relieving your sciatica symptoms and getting you back to the activities you love. We’ll be happy to conduct a no-cost MRI review* and let you know if you might be a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.