What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a pain that affects the back, leg and hip. This pain is brought about when a spinal nerve root in the lower back is pinched by a herniated disc. Sciatica pain typically occurs suddenly and is characterized by a tingling pain, numbness and leg weakness which could progress all the way to the toes.
Even if the process that led up to sciatica is a slow going one, the pain usually starts out of the blue. Most people cannot point to a specific injury. In reality, it was usually a slowly degenerating disc where a large enough tear in the outer part develops.
There are different ways to treat sciatica and you do not have to undergo surgical treatment. Today, we will be looking at 7 non-surgical treatment options available.
Epidural steroid injections are a popular sciatica treatment with Pain Management Doctors in Las Vegas. These injections are used to reduce inflammation and are highly effective in pain management. Epidural injections are injected on the inflamed area or in this case within the vicinity of the sciatic nerve and can provide pain relief for weeks to months. They can be repeated.
2. Pain Medication
Over-the-counter medication and prescription drugs are also administered in sciatica treatment. The types of drugs recommended may differ depending on the level of pain and the underlying condition.
Oral steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to reduce inflammation which is often responsible for the pain. Muscle relaxants are also prescribed. Neurogenic stabilizing medications such as Neurontin or Lyrica may help.
For short term pain relief, narcotic medications may be tried. These may be extremely helpful along with the epidural injection for pain relief, and Las Vegas pain clinics such as Innovative Pain are able to provide both for best outcomes.
Acupuncture involves the use of tiny needles which are inserted around the affected area and this form of alternative therapy is highly effective in Las Vegas Pain Management. This therapy is painless and is widely accepted in conventional medicine, especially when it comes to pain management.
4. Physical Therapy
Exercise forms a large part of sciatica treatment and is usually recommended with other treatment options. Exercise encourages relief by reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the sciatic nerve and also promotes the exchange of fluids and nutrients within the inflamed discs. Lack of exercise could weaken the spine and back muscles hence worsening the condition. Back stretching exercises are recommended to help reduce the inflammation.
5. Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic care is a valuable alternative to surgery and this is because the treatment options are focused on improving the alignment of the spinal column. Chiropractic adjustments involve manually manipulating the back to reduce irritability within the affected disc and improve normal function. Chiropractic mobilization may also be administered to help increase range of motion.
6. Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression therapy is fairly new and has been successfully used to help relieve sciatica pain. This treatment option is administered with a specialised machine that applies negative pressure to the affected area. The therapy is conducted over various sessions.
One of the difficult aspects of sciatica is that during painful times, the low back may spasm tremendously. Trigger point injections may be able to help decrease these spasms and improve a patient’s walking ability.
Over 95% of those with sciatica are able to avoid surgery with these methods. Innovative Pain Care is the premier pain management Las Vegas trusts and respects with a Double Board Certified pain doctor. The treatment is first rate and over 30 insurances are accepted at 2 clinics.
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