Sciatic Pain

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, typically affecting one side of the body. It’s often caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, leading to discomfort, tingling, or shooting pain that can extend from the lower back through the buttocks and down the leg.

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              Five things you can do to help yourself:

    • Rest and Activity Modification: Take breaks from activities that exacerbate the pain and avoid prolonged sitting or standing. Find comfortable positions that alleviate pressure on the affected area.
    • Hot and Cold Therapy: Apply ice packs for 15-20 minutes to reduce inflammation. Afterward, use heat therapy to relax muscles and improve blood flow, which may help alleviate the pain.
    • Gentle Stretching and Exercise: Engage in specific stretches or exercises that aim to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and strengthen the supporting muscles.
    • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatories can help manage discomfort, following advice from a healthcare professional.
    • Good Posture and Body Mechanics: Maintain proper posture and use ergonomic techniques to minimise strain on the lower back and affected leg.

 

How Lincs Injury Can Help You

  • Identify Underlying Causes: Seeking medical attention can help identify the root cause of sciatic pain, whether it’s due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or other conditions.
  • Prevent Worsening Symptoms: Early intervention can prevent the condition from worsening and causing potential complications or chronic pain.
  • Personalised Treatment: Healthcare professionals can provide a tailored treatment plan, which might include physical therapy, medication, or in severe cases, surgical intervention to address the underlying cause of the sciatic pain