How to Get Relief for Your Sciatica

Sciatica is so common that almost 40% of Americans experience this kind of pain in their lifetime. There are many causes, such as abrupt or unusual movements, pregnancy, or herniated disks. Fortunately, most sciatica cases resolve without surgery.

The pain management specialists at MDPain are experts in providing relief from sciatica pain. Our highly-skilled providers help you manage pain and reduce or eliminate future occurrences. Sciatica pain ranges in intensity from mild to severe, and it can disrupt your everyday life.

There are several ways in which MDPain specialists can relieve your sciatica.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a broad term meaning your sciatic nerve is causing you pain because it’s irritated, inflamed, injured, or compressed. According to the Cleveland Clinic, sciatica is most commonly caused by herniated or slipped disks, causing pressure on the sciatic nerve root.

Your sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in your body, so it has many opportunities to cause you pain. Sciatic pain typically occurs on only one side of the body. The pain travels from your lower back to your buttocks, down through the back of your thigh, and down your leg. Symptoms include:

Sciatica may feel like an electric shock moving through your body, or you could experience a burning or stabbing sensation. The pain might be sporadic and uncomfortable, or it can be so severe that it interferes with your regular routine. Sciatica can always get worse, but there are things you can do to make it better.

Relieving sciatica pain

There are different options available for treating sciatic pain. Depending on the cause, they range from oral medication to physical therapy and surgical interventions.

Oral medication

Oral medications can reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain. Common pain relievers include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin. If you’re unable to use NSAIDs, try acetaminophen instead. These are all over-the-counter (OTC) treatment options that can provide relief quickly. 

Your provider may try relieving your discomfort by reducing muscle spasms using muscle relaxant medications. This type of medicine helps your muscles relax and provides relief for your sciatica. 

Your pain management specialist might try other oral medications as well, such as anti-seizure medicines or antidepressants. 

Steroid injections

If oral medications aren’t helping, steroid injections might give you relief for your sciatica. The injection takes place at the site of the nerve to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. These injections provide short-term relief, usually up to three months. Steroid injections are an outpatient procedure.

Physical therapy

Our experts may refer you to a physical therapist after providing relief for your sciatica. Creating a physical therapy plan can help you prevent sciatica from returning. A physical therapist can teach you how to reduce pressure on the nerve through specific movements and exercises. The treatment program might include stretching, aerobics, or swimming.

Kick pain to the curb

At MDPain, we focus on eliminating your sciatica pain quickly and then combating its cause. If you’re experiencing this kind of problem, our specialists encourage you to call either our Parker or Greenwood Village, Colorado office. Click here for more information on our transition to telemedicine only. 

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