Sciatica pain is pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve is damaged or pinched in the lower back. This nerve is located in the lower back to the feet, precisely below the knee. The pain besides attacking the waist and buttocks also generally attacks one part of the leg with unbearable pain. Some people liken this pain to pain during a toothache. Generally, this condition is caused by a disc (disc) of the joint protruding into the spine and pressing on a nerve. Various ways from sciatica sos to epidural steroid injections can help treat sciatica pain and relieve the pain.
There are various effective ways to treat sciatica pain. Among them are:
When the pain strikes, people who experience sciatica pain usually prefer to lie down all day rather than be active. However, Birgit Ruppert, a physical therapist from the Spine Center in the United States (US) states that lying down and staying in bed actually makes your pain settle longer.
Instead, you should engage in a variety of physical activities as this can increase blood flow to the discs and nerves. This will help get rid of the chemicals that cause inflammation. No need for strenuous exercise, you only need to walk 15-20 minutes. If you find that you feel uncomfortable, you can swim or do aerobic exercise in the water. Doing water sports can reduce the pressure on the back which can relieve pain. In addition, you can also go to a therapist to help you choose suitable stretches and exercises to help restore flexibility, stabilize the spine, and reduce the severity of the injury.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine by sticking special needles in specific points on the body. These points are usually located along meridians or vital energy and force points of the body. Stimulating points along the body’s meridians is thought to be able to remove blockages and stimulate the central nervous system. That way, the body is expected to release various pain-relieving chemicals that will ultimately relieve the symptoms of sciatica.