Your Noninvasive Treatment Options for Sciatica

Your sciatica pain may be due to several different causes. You may have a herniated disc that is compressing your sciatic nerve, or there may be some other reason the nerve is under pressure.

Sciatica pain can vary from mild to debilitating, and the symptoms can vary from person to person. You may feel:

Your symptoms are typically on one side of your body, but can be in both sides. The good news? There are noninvasive treatment options that can help.

Heat and cold therapy

One of the simplest treatments for sciatica pain is the application of heat and cold. When you first begin feeling sciatica pain, try applying a cold pack for 20 minutes, several times per day.

If your pain persists, try switching to heat therapy. Use a heat lamp set to low, a hot pack, or a heating pad. As with the cold packs, apply for about 20 minutes, several times each day.

The next step is to try alternating between heat and cold.

Get stronger

Working with one of our physical therapists here at Revive Medical, you can begin increasing your core strength. If the muscles around your spine are weak, they can’t properly support it. Weak core muscles increase your risk of developing sciatica exponentially.

It’s not a good idea to plunge into a challenging exercise regimen though. You’ll want to work with one of our experts and use gentle movements to incrementally increase your strength. Otherwise, you risk injury and increased pain.

Improve flexibility

Tight muscles and soft tissues in your back, hips, and legs can also lead to sciatica pain. A structured and carefully designed stretching routine can help loosen your muscles, improve strength, and increase your flexibility.

Your physical therapist can help you get started. Once you feel confident, you may want to consider adding yoga into your exercise plan.

Chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments to properly align your spine can help relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Chiropractic care is noninvasive, effective, and may improve your overall mobility.

Medications

Your healthcare provider at Revive Medical may suggest you use medications as you work toward becoming stronger and more flexible. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs are often effective.

You may need a combination of noninvasive approaches in order to stop the sciatica pain. You may also find that it takes several weeks for these nonsurgical approaches to work. The end result is less pain and improved overall health.

Because you’re a unique individual, your doctor provides a thorough evaluation and suggests a treatment plan that is designed specifically to meet your needs. Your medical history and current health make a difference when it comes to the most appropriate treatment.

If you’re ready to learn how you can begin to live with less sciatica pain, make an appointment with us at Revive Medical. Just call one of our offices in Oklahoma City or San Diego, California, or book your appointment online today.

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