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Can I ease sciatica pain without surgery

As much as 4 out of every 10 individuals experience sciatica pain or irritation in the sciatic nerve at some point. The nerve roots from the alternative side of the lower spine and passes to each of the legs. Anything that causes pressure on the nerves or irritates the nerve cause pain that spreads down the back of the buttock and thigh. The intensity of the pain may vary, sciatica pain may be felt as a mild ache, throbbing, inflammatory and  extreme tenderness. Sciatica pain is also debilitating and cause tingling

Symptoms of sciatica pain

Some common symptoms that lead to sciatica pain include;

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in your butt or leg that worsens when you sit
  • Hip pain
  • Burning or tingling down your leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving your leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of your butt
  • A shooting pain down your leg that makes it difficult to stand up

 Sciatica pain treatment

The sciatica pain can become worse sitting or standing in a same position, and other movements. Sciatica pain treatment can be done using hot and cold packs, use of anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers, regular physical therapy and steroidal injection

Physical therapy

Sciatica pain treatment from physical therapy involves, Light exercises that aim at your back enhancing your posture and capacity to respond to sudden stress. Avoid strenuous activities during this phase of recovery.

A Physical workout and yoga to reduce the tightened hip muscles and hamstring also serves as a potential sciatica pain treatment

Massage, and acupuncture treatments

  • Massage therapy also helps increasing mobility by reducing pain
  • Some physicians also recommend acupuncture as a sciatica pain treatment

Ice and heat as sciatica pain treatment

When sciatica pain is initiated, treating with cold pack can offer a potential  relief. By applying a bag of frozen peas or a cold pack wrapped in the towel on the affected area several times a day for 20 minutes provide relief. If still you feel sciatica pain treating with heat may give you a potential reduction

When to Call the Doctor

Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Weakness in your lower extremities
  • Numbness in your leg
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Severe pain in your lower back or leg

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5 Signs That Confirm Your Pain As Sciatica

Sciatica pain is described as the pain that extends down towards the back of your leg along with the sensation of tingling as well as numbness. Moreover, you feel pain at your back as well as the leg which makes it difficult for you to sit, stand, walk freely and perform your usual tasks. Most of the time, people are unaware that in actuality the pain they are facing is sciatica or simply a back pain. Furthermore, by some medical specialists it has been proved that if 80 percent of the pain is leg pain and lesser is the back pain then definitely it is sciatica that you are facing.

To be well aware about sciatica below some signs are elaborated that confirm that your pain is none other than sciatica.

Weakness in your knees

You should immediately seek care if you feel that your knees as well as your legs are weakening. Because, it might be the case that the nerve that runs in your entire leg gets pinched.

You are unable to summon your pain

Sometimes, the pain that you are feeling is not the one you are thinking about. But it might be the muscular one that you are facing. In order to check it further you should push your lower back area and see which of the spots are being affected while this movement.

You walk more

If you are an athlete and your daily routine is all about using the tread mill, training for a walk or jogging in the morning then there are minimum chances of you facing sciatic pain. On the other hand if you are not involved in this, you are not an athlete then you are facing sciatica.

One difficult Test

The main test that can openly tell about sciatica is the slip disc one in which a person is required to lie down and raise the leg between 30 and 70 degrees. If the pain is sciatica then doing this your pain will radiate in your entire leg moving down to your toes.

Other issues

Apart from the aforementioned signs, in the presence of sciatica pain you will start losing control on your bowel and bladder movements.

If you or any of your loved one is suffering from any Sciatica pain or any other body pain, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212). He is an expert anesthesiologist and certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing pain relief techniques for the past several years with effective results.

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