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Can heating pads help sciatic pain?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Sciatic pain: Depends. Sometimes sciatic pain is helped by heat and sometimes helped by ice packs. There are several causes of sciatic pain and it is best to see your doctor to find out the cause and to give you proper treatment.
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Maybe: Sciatic pain refers to nerve pain along the course of the sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that runs down the back of the legs. Heating pads are considered symptommatic treatment (i.e. Treat the symptoms but not the underlying condition) and, like many treatment options, will help some people and won't help others - but it won't hurt to try. See a physician if symptoms persist.

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A 36-year-old male asked:

What can I do to help with sciatic pain?

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Family Medicine 9 years experience
Sciatica: One way to help with pain from sciatica is to stretch your piriformis muscle. The sciatic nerve travels through or under this muscle so when it tightens, it compresses the nerve. Ways to stretch this muscle can be found here: http://www.Spinal-health-care.Com/tips-a-advice/piriformis-stretch-2/.

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