Pain in the lower back which runs down the back or side your legs can be associated with the sciatic nerve. The pain is generated when the sciatic nerve is pressed down due to various conditions such as a herniated disk, a bone spur on the spine, or spinal stenosis. Sciatic pain is usually limited to one leg, but in some cases, can occur in both the legs. Though the pain is usually manageable with some measures, if the problem persists, contact the Texas Health and Spine Orthopedic Center referral line to connect with a participating physician who is an experienced orthopedic surgeon in Plano, Texas and nearby areas. Continuing on the subject, in this blog post, we provide you with some effective ways to manage sciatica-related pain. Read on.
Simple yet focused exercises mentioned below can help relieve sciatic pain:
Stretching exercises can relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve, and the tight and inflexible muscles, reducing the associated pain. Some of the stretches are targeted to stretch the hamstring muscles that extend from the pelvis to the knee in the back of the thigh.
Low-impact cardiovascular exercises such as swimming, walking, or pool therapy increase blood flow and facilitate the exchange of fluids and nutrients, creating a healthy environment for any inflammation to go down. Aerobic exercises also release endorphins – body’s natural painkillers.
Some exercises are focused on strengthening the spinal column and the supporting muscles. Stronger core muscles will be able to better support the spine in activities that require alignment and facilitating movements, also reducing the chances for an injury.
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Your doctor may advise over-the-counter pain medications or prescription medications to relieve the pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including ibuprofen and naproxen and oral steroids can reduce the inflammation that also causes the pain.
If the nonsurgical measures do not relieve the pain or improve the condition, you may need to undergo surgery to treat the underlying cause of the pain. The doctor will run tests to diagnose the problem and decide a suitable course of treatment for you.
The information shared in this blog post can be used to help relieve the sciatic pain but, it does not treat the underlying problem. An expert and experienced orthopedic surgeon can give you an accurate diagnosis and provide a suitable treatment plan. If you are experiencing any pain in your back that radiates down your legs, contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line in Plano to connect with an experienced orthopedic surgeon participating in the referral line. To schedule an appointment, click here or simply call +1-888-608-4762.
NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.