Sciatica refers to lower back pain or tingling, numbness, or pain in the leg due to pressure on the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the back and runs down each leg. The pain can even reach into the feet and toes. Treating sciatica involves addressing the underlying issue in addition to the pain.
Sciatica is a Symptom, Not a Condition
Sciatica typically indicates an underlying problem, like degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, slipped or herniated disc, or tumor. The following are symptoms to watch for if you suspect that you are dealing with sciatica:
- Persistent pain occurring in one leg or buttock instead of both
- Lower back pain that is not as painful as leg pain
- Leg pain that feels like searing, burning, tingling, or even a dull ache
- Difficulty moving the leg or the foot, which can become numb or weak
- Sharp pain in the back or legs when you try to stand or walk
- Pain that becomes worse when sitting or standing but decreases when walking or lying down
Sciatic pain is complicated and does not appear the same way in everyone. How sciatic pain presents depends on the location and severity of the condition causing it. The underlying problem can produce a constant, incapacitating pain. At other times, it can be infrequent but still irritating.
Are you sick of taking pain meds that do not alleviate your sciatic pain? A specialist at an integrative health and wellness clinic can recommend natural ways to treat your symptoms. In most cases of radiating leg pain there is an injured tendon and inducing a repair can eliminate the pain.
Also, here are some simple non-medical remedies to try:
Heat and Ice
Heating pads and ice packs can effectively alleviate the pain, especially if it is acute. Treat the affected area for at least twenty minutes, repeating every two hours.
Massage can relieve back pain and increase blood flow. This technique also relaxes the muscles and releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
When your leg muscles feel tight and inflexible, try loosening them with exercise and stretching, which can also help to relieve sciatic pain. Aerobic activities like swimming and walking are suitable because they release endorphins.
If you would like more ideas on relieving sciatic pain or are looking for general information about sciatica, you can visit our online contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blatman in our holistic health clinic in Cincinnati. You can also call us at 513.956.3200.