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Heating Pads Help With 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 helps to relax muscles. If you want quick relief medical acupuncture is very helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Major low back pain. Recurring. Injured this morning when getting out of bed. Advil ineffective. Heat pads help. Muscle or nerve? How to treat?
Have you been seen?: First if you have never been seen for this ,it is time to go see the doctor. It is better to apply cold to the area until you understand what is wrong in the back. Muscle vs nerve is addressed with the physical exam. Treatment is based on the working diagnosis after physical exam and maybe xrays. Could your pain stem from kidney, uterus, bladder? ...Read more
I was diagnosed with sciatica 8 weeks ago it hasn't improved after 8 weeks rest pt heat haven't helped could it be my hip? I saw my PC doctor 8 weeks ago after i injured my back after running.I was diagnosed with sciatica after an MRI to my back were neg
I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.
Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the best stretches for sciatica? Pain goes from tailbone through left buttocks down leg into left ankle. Is heat or ice better?
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. Ice recommended for 1st 48 hrs, then ice or heat is fine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Calf is achey. History of sciatica. The arch of foot seems to be collapsing with weigh. A little tender to touch. No swelling, heat, or redness. Cause?
Its All Related: Back is related to how the arch fell in your foot resulting in knee joints changing position that results in hip issues then translating to stress in your spine resulting in pieced nerves causing your sciatica. Thats said, likely improving your arch with support/orthotic will help reduce the back pain. Remember this will not happen overnight but will take time and your feet will hurt initially. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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