Sciatica – how to get fast relief!

Sciatica
  • Sciatica refers to an irritation of the Sciatic Nerve as it passes thru the buttock, causing pain down the back of the leg
  • The term is often misused to describe spinal nerve irritation causing pain in the back and leg, however this is a different condition
  • Severity can vary from an ache that passes in a few hours to a constant and severe nerve pain

TIPS

  • Management of Sciatica relies on a combination of approaches as well as finding the optimal intensity for each intervention. Too gentle and it’s ineffective, too firm and it’ll flare it up
  • Keep active but avoid overload or fatigue – tired muscles are more likely to spam and irritate the nerve
  • You can monitor your progress by how far your symptoms travel down your leg. As it resolves, the pain moves higher up towards your buttock. Conversely, if the pain is moving towards your calf, your condition is worsening

MYTHS

  • Paracetamol and anti-inflammatory meds don’t do much for the pain as nerve-generated pain won’t respond to them. Meds that work on this type of pain, such as Lyrica, require a doctor’s prescription
  • Don’t stretch the muscles in the leg, especially the hamstrings. They may feel tight but stretching will pull on the nerve and flare the symptoms
  • Getting physio/chiro and massage treatments are great but can only help for a few hours each week. Establish an effective home routine with a trigger point ball and gentle exercise to get the best results
  • Surgery is an option for the worst cases of Sciatica but it’s very rarely required. Remember that stories of surgery for Sciatica are over-represented on social media as stories of a short episode of Sciatica that resolves itself don’t get told

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