Sciatica nerve pain spreads down from the lower back through the thigh and into the leg and foot. Sciatica is a condition that occurs for several reasons, whether its inflamed spinal nerves, a herniated disc or deterioration from age.
Different people experience varying degrees of mild to severe pain associated with Sciatica. The more severe the pain, the more drastic steps some are willing to take. Surgery should be carefully considered and weighed up against the risks involved.
Living with sciatica
Having to manage Sciatica nerve pain daily can be uncomfortable and disheartening. The regular throb from lower right back pain (or lower left back pain) can wear you down emotionally and mentally over time. The dull numbness and painful sensations become your daily companions, while with every cough or sneeze, your pain scale hits a ten.
Treating sciatica at home
There are several physical exercises and home-based treatments that can help relieve sciatic nerve pain. Try applying a cold or hot pack to the affected area regularly throughout the day. Alternating between cold and hot presses also help alleviate pain.
Using pain medication
Turning to prescribed pharmaceuticals is common where anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, narcotics, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medications provide instant sciatica pain relief.
The disadvantage is the benefits are short-lived unless you continue to take pain medication over a long period, which could result in dependency and addiction.
Sciatica causes the muscles to tighten, and muscle relaxants are beneficial in loosening the stiffness and easing sciatica pain. Other options like the epidural steroidal injection, also alleviate pain as the numbing drug is injection between the vertebrae.
Other back pain treatments
There are lots of lower back pain treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic that are available and accessible to most people with mild to severe pain.
Under the specialized guidance of a qualified medical professional, chiropractic treatment works to improve flexibility and strength. Chiropractors know how to correct the spine for increased spinal function and movement that contributes to relieving sciatica pain.
The spine, sciatica, and health
Aligning your spine not only helps reduce lower back pain but it also provides general health benefits, improves blood circulation and promotes muscle relaxation. Most sciatica pain sufferers respond well to chiropractic treatment within weeks.
Is surgery an option?
Surgery is available as a sciatica treatment option with a high success rate; however, not everyone is a candidate. Existing health conditions, age, and physiological disposition all play a factor when considering surgery. Additionally, no doctor can promise the outcome of any operation. However, some doctors will recommend surgery, mostly as a last resort, and after considering the all risks.
Treatment for the best recovery
It has been reported that almost half of those with sciatica who underwent surgery, reported an improvement in their pain within two months. Non-surgical methods may take weeks or even months, but the benefits are prolonged.
Risks of getting sciatica
There are varied reasons why one may be more inclined to develop sciatica. People with a sedentary lifestyle, always sitting or desk-bound will be at a higher risk than those who are more active and sports-oriented.
Age is also a noteworthy consideration, especially after 30 years when spine degeneration, joint dysfunction, and herniated disks are likely to start occurring. Diabetes and obesity are other typical contributors.
The prognosis for sciatica sufferers
Sciatica can be an agonizing condition affecting everyday tasks. But there is hope because it can be treated in so many different ways. Most of the methods are successful in easing sciatica and herniated disc symptoms.
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