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How do you treat minor sciatica pain?

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Dr. James Goodrich answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

Sciatica: If it is a minor pain then over the counter analgesics should work well - motrin, Ibuprofen are examples.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Foead Geula answered

Specializes in

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections.

Answered 1/27/2014

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Dr. Qamar Khan answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance.

Answered 5/25/2014

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Dr. Moise Danielpour answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

Sciatica: Minor sciatica pain can be best treated with analgesics, stretching excursuses, and core strengthening. Sometimes the cause can be more serious, such as herniated disc, tumor, nerve entrapment etc.

Answered 4/24/2015

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Dr. Jay Shapiro answered

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Stretch Piriformis: If the pain is due to piriformis syndrome [spasm of muscles in the butt], I would recommend stretching according to these two websites (don't do a stretch that's listed in both): http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/library/adult_health/sma_piriformis_syndrome_exercises/ and cruisec0ont0l.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/a-real-pain-in-the-butt. Note "control" has numeral 0 twice, not letter O's.

Answered 6/17/2014

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