SciaticaAs with any set of symptoms, there are ways to medically interfere with sciatica. Medications, injections, surgeries and therapies are available to reduce or eliminate sciatic pain, numbness, and immobility. However, there is also a list of advisements that are less costly and less invasive than medical solutions

Things to do:

  • Over the counter pain medication: While narcotic prescriptions and injections come with significant side effects and warnings, acetaminophen or ibuprofen (if approved by your doctor) may help with inflammation and pain.
  • Ice: The coldness will numb the pain while re-stimulating the numb and tingling areas. Be sure to use caution with the duration of ice on skin because burns can ensue.
  • Heat: Similarly to ice, heat can release tightness as a result of sciatic pain. Care should be exercised with heating pads or hot towels. Doctors recommend damp heat over dry heat to catalyze the relief.
  • Massage: Sciatic sufferers recommend having a loved one massage the affected area. Friction and pressured stimulation can alleviate the ache and often spasm resulting from the nerve pain.
  • Positioning:
    • Lay on your side with a pillow between your knees to elongate the spine
    • Find a firm surface and lay on your back with a pillow under your knees to depressurize the lumbar region

Things to avoid:

  • Heavy lifting
  • Low-level seating
  • Plush cushions
  • Over-resting