Sciatica Pain Treatment: What are the Best Options?
If you suffer from sciatic pain, you’re not alone.
Up to 40% of people will experience sciatica at some point in their lives. In some cases, sciatic pain will go away on its own, but there’s no way to guarantee that.
Instead, choose the sciatica pain treatment options below to promote long-term health.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica isn’t a condition itself but rather a painful symptom of a different musculoskeletal condition like a herniated disc or bone spur.
When a disc bulges or slips out of place, this can pinch or put stress on the large sciatic nerve that runs from your spine down into each leg. The pain feels like an electrical shock or very intense and sharp. You’ll usually suffer from sciatic pain in only one leg.
Numbness or the feeling of pins and needles in one leg
Burning near the pinched nerve
Numbness in your feet
Prolonged sitting, improper lifting techniques, and other injuries can all lead to sciatica.
What’s the Best Sciatica Pain Treatment?
The best treatment for sciatica will target the source of the pain rather than simply masking it with medications. It’s also a good idea to try non-invasive options first before turning to surgical solutions.
Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation and create a unique treatment plan. The best treatments for sciatica include
Stretching: Relaxing and improving mobility in quads, hamstrings, and piriformis
Manual therapy: Hands-on treatment from your therapist to relax tight muscles and joints
Exercise: Strengthening the core muscles, hips, and posture will create an optimal environment for your muscles, nerves, and joints to heal
Short-term pain relief: Electrical stimulation, heat, ice, ultrasound therapy, and dry needling tense muscles
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