Options for sciatica relief

Sciatica is a disorder in the body that is caused by damage to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body that runs down the spine, into the back of the thigh and continues below the knee. Discomfort and irritation associated with sciatic nerve damage usually affects the lower half of the body.

The pain associated with Sciatica can be intense but treatment is available that can help to alleviate some of the pain. For effective treatment and relief, the cause of sciatica should be considered. Once the cause is determined, one of the treatments listed below should help to give some pain relief.

Severe cases of sciatica, such as those that are caused by nerve compression in the spine, are often more serious and debilitating to everyday life. Surgery may be necessary to remove some of the pressure off of the nerve. For some, surgery may be a permanent fix. However, for others, such as those with scoliosis, the spine may rotate back into the position that causes irritation.

Surgery is not a realistic solution to every case of sciatica so chronic suffers of sciatic damage will need to look for other sources of relief.

Under the care of a doctor or physical therapist, physical conditioning that focuses on strengthening the lower back may help to increase blood flow to the sciatic nerve and that will help to heal the inflamed nerve. Simple stretching exercises can be a big help in helping to recover from sciatic nerve damage and it is a low-risk treatment when done correctly.

For others, often those with chronic pain, prescription medications may be necessary to help to manage every day pain. These medications can be pain killers that are taken orally when necessary or the medications may be in the form of a liquid pain killer that needs to be injected into the nerve. Pills give the patient more control over their pain relief but injected pain relievers help to fight the inflammation for a longer period of time. Please note that pain killers are there only as a way to help to manage the pain. Pain killers will not treat or cure sciatica.

This is not meant to treat or diagnose a case of sciatica. The best way to know which treatment will provide the best relief for sciatic is to have a consultation with a qualified health care professional.