Sciatica pain is caused by a combination of pressure and inflammation on the sciatic nerve root. Many treatments can relieve these issues. Most of these treatments are very easy and non-invasive, but surgery may be required in instances where the spinal column or cord has been damaged.
By far the most common way that sciatica pain is treated is with pain killers. These sorts of drugs are non-steroid, anti-inflammatory muscle relaxers.
Opiate-based painkillers are used for the more severe cases only, because of their high risk of addiction and other side effects.
Health care providers also recommend regular daily exercise to reduce sciatica pain. Stretching and strengthening the back and leg muscles associated with sciatica will ease the pressure on the sciatic nerve. However the best treatment for sciatica pain is to change some habits within your lifestyle to prevent, or relieve sciatica symptoms.
If you can change your posture, you will ease sciatica pain and back injuries. Bad posture may be putting a lot of extra strain on your spine, disks, muscles, ligaments, joints, and nerves. When you are sitting, make sure that you are not slouching. You should not be leaning too far back, or sitting too straight. You also should not have your head too far forward. Your head weighs about 15 pounds (7Kgs). If it is not properly supported by your neck muscles, you are creating an excessive amount of strain on your back muscles, ligaments, disks, and spine.
It is very important to have good back support too. Make sure that you use a chair that gives your back support. Be sure that you are not sitting for too long, take a break every thirty to sixty minutes.
Check how you are standing. Do you stand and push your pelvis forward or backward? Do you let your shoulders hang forward? The way that you stand can also impinge on your sciatic nerve. If you want to avoid common sciatica symptoms, try to avoid standing for long periods of time. Ensure that you are standing up straight and keep your feet slightly apart. If you do not know if you are standing straight, check the position of your shoulders. Are they in alignment with your ears? Is your chin parallel to the ground? If not, that tells you that you’re not standing straight.
Posture also matters when you are sleeping, too. It is awful for your back to lie down with a stack of pillows propping you up, or to sleep lying on your stomach. You will be able to keep your spine in proper alignment by placing a pillow under your knees, to keep them slightly elevated when you are lying on your back. Place a pillow between your knees when you are sleeping on your side. You should also always use your pillow to keep your head straight, not allowing it to sag, or to tilt your head too far up. And your pillow should be giving your neck support while you sleep on your back.
Suitable exercise is also an extremely important part of your sciatica treatment. Strengthen your stomach, back and leg muscles to avoid them pressing on your sciatic nerve. That way, you can alleviate or avoid sciatica problems altogether.
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