When it comes to sciatic nerve pain there are many ways to find relief. Typically, it can take a few weeks to a few months to find full relief from sciatic pain.
The first thing to understand is that the pain is going to travel through the nerve path. It may be unbearable at times. You’ll find that you’re unable to sit or stand for long periods of time and that you must find new ways of doing things.
Learning to sit differently may help some. A heating pad or hot rice pack may also offer a limited amount of relief to the area.
Ibuprofen or over the counter (OTC) pain relievers may also offer a bit of relief as well but again, this is short term and limited.
Gentle stretching may offer a bit of relief as well. Changing position and taking the pressure off of the nerves that are causing the pain will go far in helping to ease the discomfort.
There are gels and creams or rubs that also offer pain relief. These come in a variety of brands and scents and will help ease the pain in the area for a short amount of time.
They must be reapplied often but will offer some relief to some patients. Using these in conjunction with other mentioned forms of relief will help while the body is repairing itself.
A chiropractor may be able to give the person a spinal manipulation that will also help to ease a lot of the pain. This may need to be repeated a few times while the muscles and body heal.
The patient may also opt to see a regular doctor and be prescribed pain medications, however, these should only be used short term and never overused.
As a last resort, many patients are good candidates for a surgical procedure that may also help to reduce the pain. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the doctors will try everything else mentioned above before they will recommend surgery.
Surgery for anything is a big deal and should be avoided whenever possible. There will be a recovery period of surgery is done and this can be as painful or more so than any surgical procedure.
Surgical procedures will vary according to the exact situation at hand and the Rotary Zone Health Review goes into more detail. For some patients, it will involve spinal fusion or removing portions of a disc that has become herniated or ruptured.
Many doctors now use endoscopy surgery so that the patient can recover faster and will have a smaller incision. All forms of surgery will have a recovery period.
Just as every patient is an individual, so will the treatment protocol be. What works well for one patient may not work at all for another.
The trick is to find what works and stick with it until the pain is gone. Many patients may find that a combination of the above-mentioned treatments works well while others will prefer only one of the above-mentioned treatments.