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Can I use moist heating pad to manage sciatica?
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Chintan Sampat
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sure
However it will help only the skin or a little deeper into the muscle.
If that helps your pain, then great. If not, consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to get other treatment options offered to you.

In brief: Sure
However it will help only the skin or a little deeper into the muscle.
If that helps your pain, then great. If not, consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to get other treatment options offered to you.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Philip Miller
caapsacin patches may also help
Dr. Paul Gause
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Yes
Some people do feel temporary relief with moist heat, though not all.
You should use caution not to burn yourself, and never fall asleep on the heating pad. There other non-operative treatments such as stretching and core strengthening that can help as well. Should this fail, surgery can be very successful in alleviating leg symptoms.

In brief: Yes
Some people do feel temporary relief with moist heat, though not all.
You should use caution not to burn yourself, and never fall asleep on the heating pad. There other non-operative treatments such as stretching and core strengthening that can help as well. Should this fail, surgery can be very successful in alleviating leg symptoms.
Dr. Paul Gause
Dr. Paul Gause
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