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Can I Use Moist Heating Pad To Manage Sciatica
Yes: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections). Anti-inflammatory medications, alternating heat/cold therapy, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more
I have sciatica and have been literally sitting on a heating pad for hours at a time. Could this be making the pain worse?
No, but watch burns: Sciatica can be treated. If your heat pad doesn't resolve this (likely) see a pain or PMR doc for,work up of cause. Then treatments including home stretching. Prolonged use of high heat can burn tissues, causing them to discolor. This should be avoided. I n reality the sciatic nerve is over 5 inches deep, and the heat just doesn't get down that far ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Heat is good for muscle tightness and spasm. Ice best for soreness and tenderness from inflammation. If it hurts to touch, ice it first, then put the heat on. Each one for only 15-20 min. Both can cause burns if used too long per session. Can repeat process several times/day. If the symptoms don't improve within a week, seek medical evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im having neck and low back pain what do I do my pain meds are not helping i tried heating pads my pain meds relaxing bed rest
Hello. : Hello. I don't know if your pain is chronic or acute. Sometimes having hot water against the muscles can help to relax them (shower head on pulsate mode or jacuzzi). If you are having neck pain, you might to ensure that your chair, computer set up etc, at home and at work are ergonomically correct. I do not know what pain medications you are taking but Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) helps to relax muscles. If you want quick relief medical acupuncture is very helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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