How to Reduce Sciatica Pain
Over 40% of people are affected by sciatica over the course of their lifetime, which is why it is one of the most common reasons people seek medical treatment in the U.S. and around the world. Pain Stop Clinics wants to ensure that you understand sciatica, the causes of sciatic nerve pain, treatments for pain relief, and options to reduce future sciatica flares.
Sciatica is the pain caused by compression of the sciatic nerve and is a common cause of low back pain, but pain can also occur in the hips, buttocks, or leg. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, so it is no surprise that it causes pain for so many people. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disk, bone spur, or narrowing of the spine compressing the nerve, which causes inflammation, pain, and possible numbness in the affected leg. The pain can be intense; however, Pain Stop Clinics can relieve that pain in just a few treatments and offer suggestions for reducing future flares.
Treatments for Sciatica
Pain Stop Clinics’ pain management professionals are trained and experienced in determining the cause of your sciatic pain. Our doctors utilize the whole cycle of pain management from chiropractic care to invasive surgical procedures to manage and support your sciatica pain.
Pain Stop Clinics will teach you exercises, stretches, and body mechanics adjustments to stabilize and relieve pressure on the spine, resulting in reduced inflammation and pain.
After consulting with the doctors at Pain Stop Clinics to determine the cause of your sciatica and learning the proper exercises from their physical therapists, it is important that you practice those exercises to reduce and prevent inflammation.
Heat & Cold Therapy
Heat and cold treatments can help reduce inflammation. It is best to utilize heat prior to exercises and stretches, and cold when your workout is complete.
Pain Stop Clinics can help with some of the other causes of sciatica, such as spinal conditions, and sciatica flares during pregnancy.
Causes of Sciatica Flares That Should be Avoided
- Poor posture
- Extended sitting (especially with phone/wallet/objects in back pocket)
- Non-cushioned shoes and high heels
- Excessive weight
- Improper lifting and bending while lifting
- Muscle Spasms (commonly caused by dehydration and electrolyte deficiency)
- Lack of Exercise
- Poor nutrition (excessive sugars, refined carbohydrates, trans fats, and hydrogenated oils)
- Lack of quality restorative sleep
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