At-home Sciatica Treatment and Exercises
By King Chiropractic
September 26, 2014
Category: Chiropractic Ailments
Sciatica affects the lives of millions of Americans. In some cases the pain is significant enough to limit the patient's ability to work and complete basic everyday activities, like reaching down to pick up a child or tidying up the house. Thankfully there are at-home sciatica treatments and exercises that you can try in advance of your appointment with a skilled back pain doctor at King Chiropractic.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is another word for intense lower back pain. The patient feels ongoing pain along the sciatica nerve in the lower back. Sometimes the pain extends down to the buttocks, thighs and lower part of the legs. Experts believe in nine out of 10 cases the condition occurs because a disk is out of place in the lower area of the spine.
Sciatica occurs most often in middle-aged people from about 30 to 50 years old who are regularly involved in activity and work that causes a lot of wear and tear on their bodies. If left untreated, sciatica can make it difficult to walk, bend or even sneeze. A doctor at King Chiropractic can diagnose this with a physical exam, x-rays and possibly a neurological test.
At-Home Sciatica Treatments & Exercises
Sciatica is best treated when it’s caught early. The best course of action is to see a doctor for treatment, but you can try some treatments and exercises at home while you wait for your appointment:
- Over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen can help manage the pain
- Topical pain relievers that you can rub on to calm inflammation
- Spinal decompression exercises, which are designed to relieve pressure on the nerves
- Inversion exercise equipment that allows you to rest upside down to increase circulation and relax the spinal discs
- Gentle stretching exercises and yoga
- Electronic back massagers that are specifically designed to massage the lower back
When to Call a Doctor
You should talk to your chiropractor before trying any at-home exercises. If your sciatica back pain becomes unbearable, it’s time to call King Chiropractic to schedule a checkup. A chiropractor can administer physical therapy, corticosteroid injections to calm inflammation and medications to help you manage the pain. In some case surgery may be necessary. Don’t continue to suffer in silence. Contact our office to request an appointment time today.