Method 1 of 2: Coping with Sciatic Pain at Home
When should I go to the doctor for sciatica?
Mild sciatica usually goes away over time. Call your doctor if self-care measures fail to ease your symptoms or if your pain lasts longer than a week, is severe or becomes progressively worse. Get immediate medical care if: You have sudden, severe pain in your low back or leg and numbness or muscle weakness in your leg.
How can I reduce my chances of sciatica?
Working to improve your back and core strength while increasing flexibility throughout your hips and lower body will significantly reduce your chances of experiencing lower back pain and other symptoms of sciatica.
How to get relief from sciatica leg pain?
6 Stretches for Sciatica Pain Relief
What are the best exercises for sciatica pain?
Often, the most problematic body parts are the lower back and hips. Dr. Mark Kovacs, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, adds that the best way to alleviate most sciatica pain is to do “any stretch that can externally rotate the hip to provide some relief.” Here are six exercises that do just that: 1. Reclining pigeon pose
When to see a doctor for sciatica pain?
It is advised to see a doctor when one or more of the following red-flag symptoms are present in addition to the sciatica pain: Severe pain in the back, leg, abdomen, and/or side of the body that may be felt: At rest; At night; While lying down, walking, bending at the hip, and/or pressing the low back
What to do for sciatic nerve pain?
For most cases of sciatica, which are simple compressions of the sciatic nerve by either lower back muscles or disks in the back, a family doctor can treat the problem. Most general cases of sciatica resolve themselves on their own; doctors will occasionally prescribe exercise and anti-inflammatory medications to help with the pain.
What type of doctor should I See for sciatica pain relief?
Orthopedic surgeon. Orthopedic surgeons are a popular choice for treatment of sciatica, mostly because they regularly treat lower back pain and problems of the spine. For cases of sciatica that do not resolve quickly on their own, or cases that do not respond to exercise and mild pain medicine, an orthopedic surgeon is a good option.
Can sciatica cause back pain?
Conditions with sciatica-like signs and symptoms that require prompt medical or surgical treatment include: Spinal cord compression or infection. Compression of the lumbar spinal cord or the cauda equina (nerves that descend from the spinal cord) can cause leg pain and back pain.