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Here are the Most Common Treatment Options for Sciatica

Posted on March 6, 2024

The treatment for sciatica often depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Here are some common approaches beginning with the lowest invasive.

Heat and Cold Therapy: Applying heat packs or ice packs to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Alternating between heat and cold therapy may be beneficial.

Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) can help reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, prescription medications like muscle relaxants or narcotics may be necessary.

Chiropractic Manipulation: Spinal adjustments performed by a chiropractor may help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and improve symptoms.

Physical Therapy: Specific exercises and stretches can help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and strengthen the muscles supporting the spine. A physical therapist can provide guidance on proper techniques.

Steroid Injections: Corticosteroid injections directly into the affected area can help reduce inflammation and provide temporary pain relief.

Surgery: In severe cases of sciatica where conservative treatments have failed to provide relief, surgery may be considered. Surgical options may include discectomy (removal of part of a herniated disk) or laminectomy (removal of part of a vertebra).

It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations tailored to your specific condition.

If you live in Charlotte and are in need of a sciatic nerve  evaluation, check out Active Life Chiropractic in Ballantyne. Our conservative treatments aim to eliminate the root cause of sciatic pain and prevent future flare ups. Many patients see relief within 1 week!

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