Back Pain Sciatica Treatment
Sciatica is pain that starts in your lower back and shoots down through your legs and sometimes into your feet. This definition provided by WebMD reports, It happens when something in your body — maybe a herniated disk or bone spur – compresses your sciatic nerve. Some people experience sharp, intense pain, and others get tingling, weakness, and numbness in their legs.
Understanding how the sciatica pain develops is explained in an article by Medical News Today : “Sciatica is the name given to pain caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. Anything that irritates this nerve can cause pain, ranging from mild to severe. Sciatica is usually caused by a compressed nerve in the lower spine.
Often, the term “sciatica” is confused with general back pain. However, sciatica is not just limited to the back. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. It runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the legs, ending just below the knee.
This nerve controls several muscles in the lower legs and supplies sensation to the skin of the foot and the majority of the lower leg. Sciatica is not a condition, but rather a symptom of another problem involving the sciatic nerve. Some experts estimate that up to 40 percent of people will experience sciatica at least once in their life.”
Treatment of Sciatica
Treatment often starts at home with many people who encounter lower back pain. Home remedies include pain management with over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve). While temporary in nature, they provide some relief.
Using stretching exercises that are designed to “stretch” the muscles of the lower back can bring some relief. Caution should be exercised to avoid jerking, bouncing or twisting during the stretch, and try to hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds. Another remedy includes the use of alternate use of hot and cold packs. Cold packs can be used initially and may get you relief when placed on the painful area for up to 20 minutes several times a day. Use an ice pack or a package of frozen peas wrapped in a clean towel. After two to three days, apply heat, using a Hot pack, to the areas that hurt. Use hot packs, a heat lamp or a heating pad on the lowest setting. If you continue to have pain, try alternating warm and cold packs.
Chiropractor Office Visit for Back Pain Relief
At the Lordex Spine Institute of Conroe we recommend starting with spinal decompression. Using mechanical decompression proves to be a very effective. safe. non-surgical, non-evasive method to find relief from lower back pain, correct issues related to lower back pain and prevent experiencing back pain all together.