The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, running from the lower back, through the buttock, and down the leg. It is no wonder that sciatic nerve pain can impact your normal daily function, make it hard to walk, and even interfere with bladder control. Sciatic nerve pain is a symptom of compression of the sciatic nerve. That compression can be caused by a variety of issues from herniated, bulging, or degenerative discs, to obesity, pregnancy, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, or spinal stenosis.
Symptoms of Sciatic Nerve Pain
- Sudden, severe pain in lower back or leg with numbness or muscle weakness in your leg
- Numbness or tingling in the leg after prolonged sitting
- Pain that lessens when laying down
- Pain around the mid-buttock to the side
- Pins and needles sensations in the leg
- Pain when bending
- Pain after violent injury
- Trouble controlling bowels or bladder
Pain Stop Clinics offers pain relief from sciatic nerve pain through a variety of treatments:
- Radiofrequency Neuro Ablation
- Transforaminal Epidurals
- Trigger Point Injections
- Nerve Blocks
- Interlaminar Epidurals
- Low-Dose Steroid Injections
- Chiropractic Therapy
While the pain doctors at Pain Stop Clinics offer interventional pain management, there are several home remedies to treat sciatic nerve pain. The key to treating sciatic nerve pain is strengthening and providing support to the lower back to provide pain relief and prevent the sciatic nerve pain from reoccurring. This means that the two most effective home treatments for sciatic nerve pain are maintaining good posture and stretches. Whether you are sitting, standing, or walking, do not slouch, always straighten your back. Movement is also important, such as taking daily walks unless it significantly increases the pain.
When performing any home exercises, you should keep in mind that stretching nerves is much different than stretching muscles. You do not want to push all the way to the point of pain, just feel the stretch then back off; if anything causes pain, stop immediately and do not repeat. If your pain increases after the exercise, do not do it again.
There are several stretching exercises you can do for sciatic nerve pain to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. If you do an online search of each of these stretches you will find videos, pictures, and clear directions on how to perform them.
Sciatic nerve pain stretches:
- Stretching piriformis
- Stretching hamstring
- Foam rolling glutes
- Passive lumbar extension
- Lumbar extension
- Repeated lumbar extension
- Sciatic nerve mobility
- Sciatic nerve glide
- Sciatic nerve flossing
Pain Stop Clinics will work with you to develop an individualized pain management program, with expert medical doctors, and chiropractors to ensure you receive the best possible care. Call the pain management specialists at Pain Stop Clinics for help treating your sciatic nerve pain and preventing it from reoccurring.