How To Relieve Sciatica Pain
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It happens that one fine day you start feeling pain in certain places in the back, but most of us opt to ignore it, not taking into account possible consequences. But wouldn’t it better to know what pill to take in order to relieve the annoying pain?
Sciatica pain is the kind of pain we are not usually in a hurry to go to a doctor to complain on. And the reason is plain simple: this pain manifests itself only about 2-3 times a year. And it might seem that you can live with it, but this pain gradually brings you to your knees and turns your life into existence.
Sounds a little heartless, doesn’t it? Exactly. Let’s figure out what sciatica pain is all about. Sciatica pain is generally caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica pain refers to pain that starts in the hip and buttocks and goes all the way down the leg.
It is often accompanied by pain in the lower back, which can be more or less severe than the leg pain. After you’ve been diagnosed with sciatica pain, what do you do next? Well, here’s a problem that many people encounter, since there are many options to treat the pain, but in some cases they contradict one another.
The main idea of sciatica pain treatment is that the patient must bring all physical activity to the very minimum. It is critical to do in order to reduce the stress on the nerve root. You are absolutely not allowed to warm up the lower back during the acute phase of sciatica pain, as it may increase the swelling and significantly prolong the time needed to treat it.
The next and the most important step is to visit a doctor, particularly – neuropathologist. You can easily and effectively get rid of sciatica pain if you go to the doctor immediately after experiencing one or two of the following symptoms:
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg
- Pain is more severe when sitting
- Leg pain that feels as burning, tingling or searing
- Difficulties (weakness, numbness) when moving the leg or foot
- Difficulties when standing up or walking
In order to relieve the pain on your own, you can take the following oral medications:
- Acetaminophen, aspirin, or NSAIDs
- Muscle relaxants to relieve muscle spasms
- Antidepressants for chronic low back pain
- Pain medications for more severe pain
However, while medication can only give you temporary relief, you must focus on the actual issue by doing special exercises and stretches.
Start with the following stretch: go up to a corner of a wall and stand with both legs straight, one leg inside and the other outside. Move the outside leg up and down, keeping both of your knees straight. The up and down movement of the outside leg will help stretch both legs and relieve sciatica pain.
Also, consider doing band exercises for the glute activation for mobility issues, such as front squats, leg extensions, bent-over rows, lateral band walk, etc.
The following two stretches can externally rotate the hip to provide sciatica relief:
The Figure 4 Stretch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axVQ_gy99NU
The Pigeon Pose – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQMsyrLowFw
Keep in mind that sciatica pain is not the end of the world. You can easily get rid of it if you follow all of your physician’s recommendations. The key is not to panic if you start experiencing any leg pain/numbness or any difficulties with legs, and visit the doctor.
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