Ice or heat is often used in the Sciatica Pain Treatment . Heat or ice is usually placed on the affected area for 20 minutes every 2 hours to provide temporary Sciatica pain relief. Following methods are commonly used for Sciatica Pain Treatment:-
Sciatica Pain Treatment Medications
Medications are commonly prescribed for the Sciatica Pain Treatment are as follows:-
- Analgesics are used to relieve pain, but its effectiveness is limited
- Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen [Advil, Motrin], ketoprofen, or naproxen [Aleve] .
- For severe cases of sciatica an epidural steroid injection is often used. This treatment consists of an injection of a steroid in the affected area to reduce the inflammation and pain. The effects are temporary and can last from one week to a year. Epidural injections are not successful for every patient.
- Prescription muscle relaxants are used to ease muscle spasms
Surgery for Sciatica Pain Treatment
When the underlying cause is lumbar spinal stenosis, a lumbar laminectomy surgery is recommended. With this surgery, the small portion of the bone and/or disc material that is pinching the nerve root is removed. In cases of where a disc is herniated, a microdescectomy is recommended. With this surgery a small opening is created and with the use of magnification the portion of the herniated disc that is pinching the nerve is removed.
Physical Therapy for Sciatica Pain Treatment
- It is very important that the patient is physically an active participant in therapy and can take responsibility in the treatment process. The physical therapist also needs to be a coach for the patient.
- Massage therapy has proven to be useful with the treatment of back pain. It promotes blood circulation, muscle relaxation and the release of endorphins.
- To get the proper direction, you will most likely work with one of the following specialists:
- Physical therapist
- Physiatrist – A doctor who specializes in physical medicine
Acupuncture for Sciatica Pain Treatment
In a few cases, acupuncture has been proven to reduce pain in the back. The practice is centered on the philosophy of achieving or maintaining wellbeing through the open flow of energy via specific pathways in the body. Hair-thin needles are inserted into the skin near the area of pain. In many cases, no reduction of pain is experienced with acupuncture.