Sciatica typically affects just one side of the body depending on where the nerve is affected. There are many sciatic nerve pain treatments available today.
Typical sciatic pain is felt through the lower back and the buttocks. It may also go down the thigh and the leg and sometimes, it may also reach down to the lower portion of the leg or even in the foot.
Pain may be on the right or the left side of the body and it may come and go depending on where it’s located and what you’re doing.
Often, the pain will go away in a few days to a few weeks however, it may persist and require some treatment. The intensity of the pain will vary according to the cause and severity of the issue.
It’s not unusual to feel numbness and tingling down the site of the nerve and to have intermittent pain. Again, it’s all dependent on where in the nerve the irritation is located at.
There are many treatments available for sciatic pain. Here you’ll find a list of some of them.
There are many types of medications that the doctors can give you or you can get over the counter. Over the counter medications include acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or NSAIDS, ibuprofen and more.
If these aren’t effective, you may need to see your doctor and get a prescription pain medication such as a corticosteroid injection or an opioid like codeine or tricyclic antidepressant, oxycodone, gabapentin or pregabalin. A doctor will fully assess the situation and help the patient with complete pain care.
Exercise is an important step for managing the pain. Keeping active and avoiding the urge to simply lay around and rest are important steps to take in managing the pain of sciatica.
Walking and gentle stretches are important steps for managing the pain. Other forms of treatment are hot or cold compresses. Sometimes physical therapy is required as well.
Yoga is another type of physical therapy that works well for many. It may improve the posture and help to strengthen the core muscles in the back thus reducing the pain.
In extreme cases, surgery may be required to help correct spine issues that may cause compressed discs or nerves that pinch and may be responsible for shooting pain up and down the leg or back.
When seeking complete pain care a doctor will first evaluate the patient and help them to locate the source and cause of the pain. Then, the doctor will work closely with the patient and help them to find a solution to the pain.
Doctors will resort to prescription medications and surgery only in extreme cases. Every effort is made to get the patient up and moving without using prescription medications and surgical procedures.
Sciatic nerve pain treatment will vary from one patient to the other. Treatment will be dependent on how long the patient has been having pain, where the origin of the pain is located and how willing the patient is in participating in their own recovery.