Sciatica can be very painful, even causing numbness and complete loss of movement in the legs. Therefore, it is necessary to get it treated as soon as possible. There are certain treatment options you can use depending on the severity of your condition, ranging from home remedies to seeking professional help such as Chiropractic therapy.
Most people prefer to use home remedies and let the Sciatica heal on its own, due to lack of time or other reasons. This can work if the Sciatica is acute (short term) in nature. Pain killers can be used to reduce the pain in the lower back and legs. However, they can have side effects if you are allergic to any of the contents. Even if you aren’t allergic, long term use can cause other problems, such as digestive disorders.
Certain painkillers can also be addictive, and patients with high blood pressure, asthma, heart or liver diseases should avoid them. It is recommended that you seek medical advice before trying any over the counter painkillers.
Other home remedies for treating short term sciatica include using cold or hot packs on the affected area. They are inexpensive and easily available in general stores. You can also make your own ice packs by using frozen peas wrapped in a towel.
Chronic Sciatica Treatment Options
If the pain extends for more than a few weeks (chronic), your options come down to the following treatment options:
In severe Sciatica cases, surgery may be required, though it is used as a last resort due to the possible negative consequences. Discectomy can be performed to remove the herniated part of the disk pressing the nerve. The type of surgery required depends on the type of Sciatica the patient is suffering from. Surgery carries certain risks with it, such as major blood loss or infections, and should only be considered if other methods have failed.
Visiting a chiropractor is the safest treatment option, as it uses non-invasive techniques to treat the problem. The chiropractor can determine the cause of the Sciatica, and use pain relieving measures on the affected area. Chiropractors do this by using directed sudden force to bring the spine back in position. They can also recommend exercises and diet plans to follow. Follow up visits may be required until the pain has completely subdued.
Out of the two options, chiropractic therapy is safer and has no side effects or negative consequences. Visiting a chiropractor might be a good idea if you have chronic sciatica.