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Sciatica Heat Or Ice
Either: You can try ice and heat or either. It depends on how each one makes you feel. Some people like doing heat applications for 10 minutes and then putting ice for about 10 minutes. While others like just heat or ice. ...Read more
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 more
Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?
Both: Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful for you then stick with that / use apiece of swim noodle behind the small of your back while sitting as a "lumbar roll" I have found this to help many people including me over the years hope you feel better. ...Read more
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
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
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 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
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. That's 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 more
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
I'm 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
Reevaluation: You may need to be reevaluated to discuss options for treating the cause of your pain rather than "just" taking pain medications, using a heating pad and resting. Based upon the specific diagnosis of the cause of your pain, there may be more powerful treatment options available. ...Read more
Possibly: However, it will be temporary as it takes a lot to get down into the spine which might not work. Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether ...Read more
I have tightness and sometimes pain on the outer sides of my hips. Pain more on left hip at times. Rest +ice helps. Could I have Sciatica?
I am experiencing sciatica, back pain (severity: severe) (side: lower) and hip pain. I have a movable hard lump the size of a baseball on the right lower side of my spine. I just noticed this a day ago. Ice, rest, antianflammatories are not work?
Injured myself in a fall 10/8/2017 w/small bruise. Swelling on upper left buttocks. Need advice. Ice only. Aspirin. Low back achy. No sciatica. See pic
Depends: If the ice is used on a superficial contusion, that is fine but for any possible internal or closed head injury, the treatment is to get seen asap by a medical professional. ...Read more
Both: Ice first 24-48 hours after injury. Then heat. Apply 10 mins every 2-4 hours. Don't frostbite or burn yourself. Ice works after it is removed. Ur body says 'hey its cold there', sends a wave of blood to the hurt area and washes out the inflammation toxins. The heat opens up the blood vessels and washes out the toxins. ...Read more
I was recently in a car accident, and my back has been hurting me. Is it better to ice it or apply heat?
Initially first 24-48 hours they recommend ice. To minimize any damages and to slow any bleeding, ice will constrict the blood vessels, and minimize damages
after they recommend heat, by now the muscle hurt, and spastic, heat will help the muscle relax, and minimize the spasm.
the important thing is, if you have not been evaluated by a physician since the accident, go and do so, you might have a bad injury ...Read more
I hurt the back bottom of my neck slightly while exercising should I use ice or heat in first 48 hours please?
Ice pack: I would advise to apply ice pack. Apply ice pack to the affected area 5 times/day, as tolerated. Good luck! ...Read more
I didn't stretch before my baseball game and I pulled a musle in my back should I use ice or heat and how do I heal?
Acute injury: Ice is best to help reduce swelling and inflammation initially. Some people find that heat helps increase motility and relieves pain afterwards, especially after periods of rest such as sleep. NSAIDs such as Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) every 6-8 hours are also frequently advised. ...Read more
I've got a pain since am on my left middle side back, took pain pills, put ice and heat and pain is still there. Can you help me?
I have a severe pain in my back on the left side right where my bra strap is. I've had it more than 2 weeks and have tried ice heat ibuprofenbut no hel?
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In acute injury ice: First day or two, heat should be fine after that. ...Read more