“How Do I Treat Sciatic Nerve Pain in My Leg?”
This is a very common question for us.
As we’ve written about in the past, there are a number of methods for dealing with sciatic pain, ranging from yoga to pain relievers to heating pads.
As with many other health challenges, the key is to find a method that works for YOU specifically. We’re all different, and there are rarely magic pills that we can take that will work for everyone.
But what do you do if you have a sciatic pain right now?
The alarm is ringing, and you need to put that fire in your leg out…NOW!
Here are a few tips. But again, remember that some of these suggestions may not work for you! Experiment a bit until you find an approach that works for you:
Cold/Ice – Ice can provide very quick pain relief, especially if it’s applied to the lower back/buttocks/upper leg area. However, this is obviously not very convenient. BioFreeze is a good source of cold pain relief in a gel form.
Stretching – Stretching can help many folks with sciatic pain. But you have to know what you’re going and how to stretch correctly and safely. A CoreStretch is one approach.
Massage – Lots of our patients swear by massage to treat sciatic nerve pain. Self-massage to the upper-leg/buttocks/lower back area can work well especially if you spend a great deal of time in the seated position.
Take a walk – Liks massage, physical exertion can help stretch and loosen the tight muscles in the lower back and upper leg which may be triggering that pain in the first place. Stuck at work? Take the long-way to and from the restroom, or walk a few laps to and from the copier. That may be sufficient to reduce the inflammation and pain.
NSAIDs/Pain Relievers – Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can help with both pain and inflammation. However, they can take up to an hour to work. Instead, try taking a natural anti-inflammatory product every day to prevent the sciatica from coming in the first place. Note that a natural pain reliever may not work any faster if you’re experiencing a sciatica attack right now.
All of the above – As mentioned earlier, it might take a combination of two or three of these techniques to relieve that pain. So for you, it might be a 200 mg ibuprofen tablet, a walk around your workplace, and a stretch when you return to your desk. For others, relief might come after a self-massage with BioFreeze. It really depends.
As always, if the pain persists, or if the sciatica attacks are occurring more than once a week, please visit with your doctor.