Tips to Keep You From Aggravating Your Sciatica at Home

The symptoms of sciatica can occur suddenly and intensely. It may start as a pain in your lower back, then spread to the back of your thigh and into your leg. This can include tingling, numbness, and sharp, shooting pain that travels down your leg, from your buttocks to your feet.

Sciatica is a relatively common condition. Up to 40% of people get sciatica at some point in their lives, according to Harvard Medical School. It occurs when pressure is put on your sciatic nerve or it becomes inflamed. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, starting at your spinal cord and extending down each leg to the bottoms of your feet.

Since the sciatic nerve affects how you control and feel your legs, irritation of the nerve can make movement painful or impossible. Symptoms that include numbness and weakness can result in a loss of feeling or movement of your entire leg. The intensity of sciatica pain can be debilitating.

There are many ways to treat the discomfort of sciatica. Lloyd Decker, DC, and our team of integrated medicine specialists at Reno Regenerative Medicine in Reno, Nevada, have the expertise necessary to provide accurate diagnosis and targeted therapies for sciatica. In-office treatments include chiropractic adjustments, traction, cold laser therapy, and rehabilitation exercises.

While some sciatica goes away on its own, it’s frustrating to experience debilitating pain for any period of time. To help prevent the onset of symptoms and reduce the amount of time you’re stuck in bed or on the couch, Dr. Decker and our team offer these at-home recommendations.

Make lifestyle modifications

Whether you realize it, you may be contributing to your sciatica. You can reduce your risk of painful flare-ups by making changes in your daily routines and habits. Consider taking the following precautions:

Keep moving

You can also reduce your risk of aggravating your sciatica by staying active. Regular movement can help strengthen back muscles and prevent stiffness. Try to protect your back by doing the following:

Seek medical advice for symptoms

While you can take precautions to prevent sciatica, it’s important to recognize when symptoms require medical intervention. Long-term intense pain can be isolating. It can affect your mental health and leave you feeling depressed.

It’s never a good idea to ignore intense, undiagnosed pain. You may benefit from an examination by Dr. Decker to confirm a diagnosis and explore treatment options if you have any of the following symptoms:

If you’re ready to find out more about your sciatica, schedule an appointment with Dr. Decker online or by calling our office. You’ll be one step closer to improving your quality of life and reducing your risk of future flare-ups.

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