What is the best treatment for sciatica?

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Sciatica is a broad term for any sort of pain caused by the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.

Although some cases of sciatica will pass in approximately 6 weeks and may actually not need any treatment at all for some people sciatic pain can last for a year or more.

Treatment options for sciatica at home which may reduce the symptoms include:

  • Taking medication such as anti-inflammatory pain killers
  • Stayin active and exercising
  • Using hot or cold packs

In some cases further specialist treatment for sciatica may be needed and this could include:

  • an exercise programme under the supervision of a physiotherapist
  • injections of anti-inflammatory and painkilling medication into your spine
  • stronger painkiller tablets
  • manual therapy (treatments such as manipulating the spine and massage, usually carried out by physiotherapists, chiropractors or osteopaths)
  • psychological therapy and support

In rare cases, surgery may be required to correct the specific problem in your spine.

Where is the sciatic nerve in your body?

The sciatic nerve runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks and all the way down both of your legs ending at your feet. The pain felt when you have sciatica is usually (but not always) felt in the buttocks and legs.

How do you prevent sciatica?

You can minimise the risks of re-occurrence of sciatica by:

  • adopting a better posture and lifting techniques at work
  • stretching before and after exercise
  • exercising regularly

What is the cause of sciatica?

Sciatica can be caused by a number of conditions such as a slipped disc, spinal stenosis, a spinal injury or infection, a growth on the spine, spondylolisthesis.

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If your GP has diagnosed that you have sciatica they may refer you for further treatment and if you need to see a physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor or other specialist consultant then the Medigest business directory can help you find a practitioner near you.