Sciatica Home Treatment

In most cases, sciatica home treatment works well. Home treatment includes the use of heating pads and cold packs, exercise, stretching and over-the-counter medications.

As always, caution should be used when treating any medical problems. It is always good advice to be under the supervision of a doctor. The doctor may recommend a more vigorous treatment such as physical therapy, Rehabilitation, surgery and prescription drugs. Also over use of medications can cause complications.

Here is an easy sciatica home treatment plan:

* You'll heal more quickly if you continue with your usual activities, but avoid what may have triggered the pain in the first place. Although resting for a day or so may provide some relief, prolonged bed rest isn't a good idea. In the long run, inactivity will make your signs and symptoms worse. Cold Pack

* Initially, using cold packs may be able to reduce inflammation and relieve discomfort. Apply to the painful areas for 15 to 20 minutes at least several times a day.

* Heating Pad After 48 hours, apply heat to the areas that hurt. Use warm packs, a heat lamp or a heating pad on the lowest setting. If you continue to have pain, try alternating warm and cold packs.

* Stretching. Sciatica home treatment includes stretching exercises for your low back can help you feel better and may help relieve nerve root compression. Avoid jerking, bouncing or twisting during the stretch and try to hold the stretch at least 30 seconds.

* Over-the-counter medications. Pain relievers (analgesics) fall into two categories — those that reduce pain and inflammation and those that only treat pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can both be helpful for sciatica.

If you use these medications, talk to your doctor so that you can be monitored for problems. In addition, periodically re-evaluate whether you still need them. Exercise, stretching, massage and other nondrug treatments can often provide the same benefits without side effects.

*Regular exercise. It may seem counter productive to exercise when you're in pain, but regular exercise is one of the best ways to combat chronic discomfort. Exercise prompts your body to release endorphins — chemicals that prevent pain signals from reaching your brain.

Early in the course of sciatica, water exercise or other low-impact exercise such as a stationary bicycle will help you stay active without worsening your symptoms. Later, as you improve and the pain lessens, combining aerobic activity with strength training and core stability exercises that improve the strength of your back muscles can help limit the effects of age-related degenerative changes in your back.

If you're new to exercise, start out slowly and progress to at least 30 minutes most days. To prevent injury, consider learning proper weightlifting techniques from a certified personal trainer, fitness specialist or physical therapist.

Sciatica home treatment includes the application of heat and cold therapy