Neck pain can be simply unbearable at times. It makes it difficult to sleep, walk, sit and do just about anything comfortably. I know this because I had dealt with it for nearly two years before I found any relief. It was not until I began going to a chiropractor that I found that life did not have to be so painful. The chiropractor made regular adjustments each week and helped me learn what I could do to make myself more comfortable. I have included everything that my chiropractor taught me on my website to help others going through the same struggles as I did.
Sciatica, also known as pain caused by pressure in the sciatic nerve (the longest nerve in the body), affects 1-10 percent of the population. It is characterized primarily by pain reaching from the lower back all the way down to the sole of the foot, depending on the severity of the pain. If you suffer from sciatica, you shouldn't live in pain, and it is important to know about the variety of options you have in treating it. Listed below are three different ways to treat sciatica; give them a try today, and start feeling relief soon!
1. Stay as Active as You Can
When you are in pain, it is tempting to stay in bed to avoid movements and activities that may exacerbate your pain. However, as you are able, it is important to keep active while experiencing sciatica. Low impact exercises like walking, yoga, or swimming should be continued to keep the muscles strong and flexible. If your pain is so intense that you feel bed rest is your only option, try to avoid staying in bed for more than two days. On the flip side, also beware of overworking the body; talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen, and keep it as low impact as possible.
2. Epidural Steroid Injections
More invasive than mere physical activity, epidural steroid injections can be performed to reduce inflammation and reduce severe pain. The results of these injections are temporary, but they are useful in allowing a patient to continue with their exercise regimen to continue strengthening the muscles, which will lead to a better recovery down the road.
3. Chiropractic Treatment
If low-impact physical activity is not enough, and you don't enjoy or want to use epidural steroid injections, you might consider seeking help from a chiropractor. Chiropractors at places like Claremont Chiropractic will provide non-invasive (i.e., non-surgical and with fewer long term negative effects) treatments like spinal adjustments, heat/ice therapy, and ultrasound that will realign the spine and reduce pressure that may have been placed on the sciatic nerve. By realigning the spine and relieving pressure, chiropractors get to the root of the problem and help to prevent future pain and problems.
Sciatica can be extremely painful, but it is important to know that you have options when it comes to treatment and pain management. Depending on your situation and personal needs, give one of the three options listed above a try and start feeling better soon!