Posted on July 26, 2016

Old woman with Sciatica pain

Sciatica pain is one of the most common back pains that affect a lot of people at least once in their lifetime. It happens due to the irritation of your sciatic nerve, usually because something is puttingpressure on it. This nerve runs from either side of your lower spine through your pelvis, buttocks and the back of your upper legs. Then, it divides at the knees into branches that travel all the way down to your feet.

This is why when you have sciatica, you will feel an irritating pain that shoots right down the back of your buttocks or thighs and even down to your legs. This pain can be described as a mild ache, a burning sensation or a serious tenderness, which can be worsened by sitting or standing up for a long time. Some other activities, such as twisting, lifting, straining or even coughing and sneezing also may cause the pain to deteriorate.

With MD24 House Call, your quest to find sciatica pain relief won’t be a difficult one. We offer you great ways to ease your pain and even end it, all with comfort and convenience.

Medications for Sciatica Pain Relief

There are many oral medications you can take to ease your sciatica pain, including:

  • Over-the-counter painkillers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ketoprofen, ibuprofen and naproxen. Or you can just simply go with acetaminophen and aspirin.
  • Muscle relaxants prescribed to ease your muscle spasms.
  • Antidepressants, which have been known to be effective in pain management.
  • If your pain is more severe, prescription pain medications will be more useful.

In some cases when other methods of pain relief do not work, your pain management specialist will recommend you spinal corticosteroid injection. This method will treat the inflamed area around your spinal nerves with strong anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medication.This way, the pressure on your sciatic nerve will be released and you will feel temporary relief from your pain.

Physical Therapy for Sciatica

When you have to endure such a pain in your lower back spreading to your leg, it is very difficult for you to stay active. Bed rest could offer some temporary relief, but in the long run, resting on bed for a long time will cause more damage than relieving your condition. To successfully manage sciatica pain, it is always recommended to get more active with proper exercises. Doing the right exercises will also help you prevent the pain from recurring.

For your particular condition, aerobic exercises are the most ideal. Low impact exercises, such as walking, jogging or stationary bicycling reduces the stiffness in your back while exerting only gentle effect on your spine. They help you achieve successful pain relief without the risk of injuring your back and worsening the pain you already have.

There are also various specific and tailor-made exercise programs and movements available for relieving sciatica pain at home. But before doing any of them, you should consult your pain management specialist first. He or she will recommend you the right type of exercises depending on the cause of your sciatica. After that, it is important to strictly follow the instructions of your physical therapist on how to do the exercises the right way. Doing the right exercises without the correct form can make them ineffective and may lead to continuous pain with increased measure. During your exercising, if any posture or movement causes you to feel pain rather than easing it, stop doing it and consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Physical therapy works best if your symptoms aren’t severe but continue beyond a couple of weeks.

Surgery for Sciatica

Only a very small percentage of patients with sciatica require surgery to permanently end their pain and suffering. These patients are those who continue to feel pain for more than 6 weeks despite undergoing treatment. The goal of having a surgery is to correct the cause of the sciatica, for example to remove the protruding part of the herniated disc that puts pressure on your nerve.

Upon finding symptoms of sciatica, it’s best that you refer to us for immediate help and support. Not every patient’s condition is alike, and MD24 House Call is willing to assist you in finding the right solution to your pain. Our pain management specialists go home to home, providing you with proper diagnosis and a suitable treatment plan that best suits your needs. You can also experience our amazing service by visiting one of our clinics or through our telemedicine app called DirectDocDial. At MD24 House Call, we put patient’s values first and will always do so. Call our medical assistant department now for a scheduled appointment.