Treating Everyday Sciatica
According to www.webmd.com, “Sciatica is the pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back.” Since Sciatic back pain can be caused by simply sitting too much, a person needs to know a few tips to help relieve the everyday pain.
Movement seems to help relieve the pain associated with sciatica. Sciatic nerve pain tends to be most severe when a person sits too long in one place, which in and of itself causes an unnatural stress on the nerves in the lower back. It is normally recommended that once a person begins to feel lower back discomfort to stand up and walk around for a brief time until the pain lessens naturally.
If the pain is still too great after walking, a patient suffering from sciatica may wish to lie down briefly. Lying down distributes your weight more evenly along your entire body and lessens the pressure on the nerves in your lower back.
If you are required to go back to a seated position before your back pain completely dissipates, you might consider treating the pain with an over the counter painkiller like Tylenol, Advil or Alieve. Be careful, however, because pain medications can have negative, long-term side effects on your kidneys and liver and also, painkillers can be addictive.
Another treatment that may alleviate your sciatic back pain is to place a heating pad on your chair behind your lower back. If convenient, you may also alternate heat and ice. The ice will help to minimize the swelling and inflammation in the area where it is applied and the heat can increase the blood flow to the region and enhance healing.
If your job requires sitting at a computer or a desk for hours at a time, consider investing in an ergonomic chair.
These are a few treatments a Chiropractor in Arlington Tx will use for sciatic back pain. These treatments are not a substitute for undergoing a thorough lower back examination, including x-rays, that can pinpoint the spot of your sciatic back injury. Establishing a program of regular chiropractic treatments can help realign the discs in the affected area that may be causing the pain and a program of exercise and stretching can be tailored to you to help strengthen and lengthen the muscles, cartilage and tendons that support your entire spine.