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What therapies can be used for sciatic nerve pain?

What therapies can be used for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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What are some therapy that is available for sciatic nerve pain?

What are some therapy that is available for sciatic nerve pain?

Conservative care: Unless the disc is so large on MRI scan that nothing short of surgery will help, patients should be started on non steroidal anti-inflammatory meds, muscle relaxants, pain medications, steroids if necessary. Try pt for some time. If symptoms persist, then i agree that epidural injections and surgery should be considered. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for sciatic nerve pain?

What is the best treatment for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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Major sciatic nerve pain seems to have gotten worse over last 4 works since workout without stretching. Other than NSAIDs + stretching, any treatment?

Major sciatic nerve pain seems to have gotten worse over last 4 works since workout without stretching. Other than NSAIDs + stretching, any treatment?

Get an exam: If there are neurological findings it can change what might be reasonably tried. Chiropractors, acupuncture, physical therapy, gabapentin, trigger point work, and believe it or not emotional work can all help as well as stretches. I like the ones that stretch the iliopsoas muscles. ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for sciatic nerve pain?

What are effective treatments for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This sciatica pain as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a pain/spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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Are there any effective treatments for sciatic nerve pain (in pregnancy)?

Yes ranging from : A pregnancy harnessalong with physical therapy as well as use of tylenol (acetaminophen) if cleared by your doctor to even epidural steroid injections, again, if cleared by your physician. Sometimes, time is the biggest healer along with some rest and activity modification. ...Read more

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If epidural steroid blocks have not elevated my sciatic nerve pain, what treatments are recommended?

If epidural steroid blocks have not elevated my sciatic nerve pain, what treatments are recommended?

Facet Joints?: Maybe the pain is coming from your facet joints and you may be candidate for facet injections and/or radiofrequency ablation for longer lasting relief. Speak with your doctor regarding your options. In some situations spinal cord stimulation is an option, however surgery should also be considered at that time as well. ...Read more

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What do I do for sciatic nerve pain?

What do I do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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What is done for sciatic nerve pain?

What is done for sciatic nerve pain?

Depends: Initially you should try conservative treatment such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. If you see no improvement then the next step would be epidural steroid injections from a pain management specialist. Or you may even require surgery if nothing else is helping. Start with your primary care doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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What should you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What should you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain?

Pain: The symptoms are pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve which means radiation from your low back down the back of your thigh into your calf and foot. In more severe cases there may be associated tingling, numbness and even weakness in specific muscles. If you are worried about having sciatica see an orthopedic or neurological surgeon or a neurologist. ...Read more

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I'm finally addressing my sciatic nerve pain. What should I do?

I'm finally addressing my sciatic nerve pain. What should I do?

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. If not improving you might want to see spine/pain specialist for more help. ...Read more

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His butt has been hurting him. Could it be this sciatic nerve pain?

His butt has been hurting him. Could it be this sciatic nerve pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Does predisone work for sciatic nerve pain?

Does predisone work for sciatic nerve pain?

It can help: However conventional wisdom is that if you haven't gotten enough relief with one Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack, unlikely its better to give more. In fact new research is showing that your risk of fracture increases almost 400% after one oral dosepack of steroids. You are better off getting an epidural steroid injection instead. Risk still exists but way less compared to oral steroids. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to treat sciatic nerve pain?

What do doctors do to treat  sciatic nerve pain?

Conservative Rx 1st: After a thorough neurological evaluation, your doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, narcotic and/or non-narcotic pain medications, referral for physical therapy, and steroid injections. At some point an MRI scan will be needed if your symptoms persist. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

No: likely you are having referred pain through the muscles that are irritated. Sometimes the fascial layers that hold each muscle can get irritated and then can send that irritation to another muscle and fascial layer. See a pain/spine specialist if you are not improving. ...Read more

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Which is best for sciatic nerve pain; heat or cold?

Which is best for sciatic nerve pain; heat or cold?

Which feels better: Which feels better? WE use ice for acute injury. Then heat after 36 hours. But for chronic pain either can work. ...Read more

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Can you give me some helpful ideas for sciatic nerve pain?

Can you give me some helpful ideas for sciatic nerve pain?

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. ...Read more

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What type of specialist should you see for sciatic nerve pain?

What type of specialist should you see for sciatic nerve pain?

Your primary doctor: You should start by seeing your primary doctor. You may get better with physical therapy, medications, or heat and ice. Your doctor may order an MRI or other studies, and depending on those you might be referred to a neurosurgeon or neurologist. ...Read more

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Neuralgia (Definition)

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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in 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