How to Relieve Sciatica Pain
Many people grapple with back pain, unsure how to ease the discomfort. Sciatica is a pain that extends from the lower back region, through the hips and buttock, and down the leg. It is frequently caused by a herniated disc or bone spur in the lower spine pressing against the sciatic nerve; however, there can be other factors that lead to the condition, as well. Patients with sciatica are typically between the ages of 30 to 50, with symptoms and pain levels that range in severity. Common symptoms include a burning sensation and numbness in the leg or foot on one side of the body.
At All-Star Orthopaedics, Dr. Stephen J. Timon and our team are committed to alleviating your back pain for a more fulfilling and comfortable day-to-day life. Our focus is on restoring your body’s functionality and reducing your pain.
In very rare cases, surgery may be necessary to alleviate pain from sciatica. However, a variety of other medications and treatments have been shown to help patients. One option is an epidural injection. The medication reduces swelling, inflammation, and provides pain relief so patients can resume their daily activities. Over-the-counter and prescription medications may also be recommended. Another option is physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles that support the lower back.
Additional ways patients deal with and manage their sciatica pain include:
- Doing gentle stretches and practicing good posture
- Incorporating light exercise, such as walking, to stretch and stabilize the spine
- Alternating between an ice pack and a heating pad on the aggravated area
- Trying acupuncture
For more information on sciatica pain management, contact our office to schedule a consultation.