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Can I use moist heating pad to manage sciatica?

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 more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

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


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I have sciatica and have been literally sitting on a heating pad for hours at a time. Could this be making the pain worse?

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 more

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Mild low back pain felt from fall/ will heating pad help?

Mild low back pain felt from fall/ will heating pad help?

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 more

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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 more

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What exactly is a heating pad and kind to use?

Heating pad: A heating pad is basically a thin flat plastic pad with coils inside, which when plugged in, warm the pad. There are many brands available, but choosing one with a washable fabric cover and at least three heat settings would be best. Most drug stores sell them. ...Read more

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What would be the effect of heating pad to the fetus?

What would be the effect of heating pad to the fetus?

Not a good idea.: Any type of prolonged heat application to the fetus is potentially teratogenic and neurotoxic - avoid heating pads, saunas, prolonged hot-tub immersions throughout pregnancy! ...Read more

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Does heating pad help kidney pain?

NO : Heating pad usually help relax the muscles /ligaments which can improve pain. Sometimes muscles around kidney can go into spasm from kidney infection called pyelonephritis and in that case a heating pad may provide temporary relief. ...Read more

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Will i sleep better on a heating pad?

Will i sleep better on a heating pad?

Not necessarily: Most people sleep best in a slightly cool environment. Too much heat could disrupt sleep. In really cold environment an electric blanket may be helpful. It is also dangerous to sleep on an heating pad due to risk of getting burned. ...Read more

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It okay to use heating pad at 34 weeks

It okay to use heating pad at 34 weeks

Depends: It depends where you are using it. If you are using it on you back or leg or arm that is okay. Not on your abdomen. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

Sciatica is a symptom describing pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Doe
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Heating Pad (Definition)

Heat can ease muscle pain. Be careful not to overheat ...Read more