Tips for working in an office with sciatica
Sciatica is a term for the symptoms, especially leg pain, that develop due to compression of the long sciatic nerve that runs from the lower spine down into the lower body. Because it affects the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet, sciatica can make sitting for long periods of time nearly unbearable, and if you have a desk job then you probably know this fact all too well.
The good news is that in addition to pursuing conservative treatments like medication and physical therapy, there are also practical steps you can take to make your workday more comfortable and productive if you are dealing with sciatica.
Here are some simple ways to make the hours you spend in the office more comfortable:
- Install a seat cover. There are a number of electronic seat covers available that can both massage your back and provide warmth, which might relieve your pain and other sciatica symptoms. Alternatively, you could bring in a heating pad for your back and use it when your symptoms flare up.
- Use ice packs. If your office has a refrigerator or freezer, keep an ice pack handy and apply throughout the day as necessary. Alternating cold therapy with heat can sometimes intensify the therapeutic effect.
- Stretch. Take frequent stretch breaks, not only for your lower back but also for your neck, upper body, and legs. Keeping your muscles loose can help you avoid aggravating your sciatica and regular breaks throughout the day can also serve as a relaxing ritual to help you de-stress.
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Patients dealing with sciatica caused by spine conditions like a herniated disc or bone spurs often are able to find relief by pursuing a course of conservative treatments and making lifestyle adjustments like the above tips. Surgery can start to become an option if you and your doctor decide that conservative treatments have been exhausted without bringing the relief necessary for a good quality of life. For patients considering their surgical options, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine procedures.^ To learn more about the minimally invasive techniques performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.
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