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Managing Sciatica Pain

Managing Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is more than just back pain; the inflammation of the sciatic nerve causes shooting pain, numbness, and weakness in your buttock and the back of your leg. The sciatic nerve begins in your lower pelvis and travels down your entire leg, ending at the toes. It’s the longest nerve in the body.

If you have sciatica, visiting a pain management specialist is the best place to start. Here at Lynx Healthcare, interventional pain management specialist Michael Plyman, MD, leads our team and is devoted to helping patients find relief from a range of pain conditions.

 Here, we’re discussing ways to manage sciatica, get relief, and prevent it from recurring.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica causes pain that travels down the back of the leg because of a problem in the lower back. The pain in the leg is frequently more severe than the pain in the back, and it may be accompanied by a pins-and-needles sensation or numbness.

The following are characteristics of sciatica:

Symptoms can come on suddenly, and the pain can range from mild to severe. 

What causes sciatica?

The nerves of the spine travel through a narrow, hollow canal. These nerves combine in the lower back to form the sciatic nerve, which runs down the length of each leg to supply specific muscles and areas of skin.

Pressure on the nerves can occur when the canal narrows (spinal stenosis). In many cases, a bulging disc compresses the nerve. This can result in pain, numbness, and weakness anywhere along the length of the sciatic nerve.

Simple ways to manage sciatica

Here are some steps you can take to manage sciatica pain.

Avoid bed rest

Bed rest can be beneficial for sudden and severe pain, but only for a short time. Resting in bed can actually prolong sciatica pain. 

Stay active

Maintaining an active lifestyle aids in the recovery of your back. Movement prevents your back from stiffening and your muscles from weakening, allowing you to resume normal activities as soon as possible. Even if movement causes some discomfort, it’s important to stay active.

Continue your regular activities

Back pain and sciatica do not have to keep you from doing everything you want to do. Be aware of the activities that aggravate the pain and avoid them, such as heavy lifting and staying in one position for an extended period of time. Avoid flare-ups with short sessions of exercise that include rest breaks.

Improve your core

A stronger core is extremely beneficial for your spine. Your core muscles play an important role in spinal stability and include those in your abdomen, back, sides, pelvis, and buttocks. These muscles work together to support your spine.

Exercises like yoga and pilates can strengthen the core muscles. 

Practice good posture

Slouching is terrible for your back and contributes to back pain. To practice good posture, pull your shoulders down and back and keep your spine neutral.

If you work at a computer, position your monitor so you can see it without bending your neck or tilting your head.

Help for sciatica pain

A pain management specialist is one of the best resources for providing the most cutting-edge treatments and therapies. If you’re dealing with sciatica pain, don’t put off getting help. Schedule a visit with Dr. Plyman and the Lynx Healthcare team by calling or booking online today. 

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