People say that time is a great healer, and while that saying is usually reserved for the pain of emotions or a breakup in a relationship, the same saying can apply for the treatment of sciatica.
There is no magic cure that have it cured within a few days. From an initial diagnosis, it can take up to eight weeks for the pain to subside but in more severe cases, the pain can last a lot longer.
Physical checks are the best way to check for sciatica as opposed to heading off for X-rays. Sitting and coughing often makes the condition worse so this is something that is best avoided if possible. We can check your reflexes to check if the sciatic nerve is involved and if it isn’t, it is more likely that you are suffering with back pain.
Common advice decades ago used to be that if you feel pain, you should rest your back, but that couldn’t be further from the truth these days.
It is important if you can to keep it moving, keep stretching it and keep active. Sitting and resting for long periods of time will only serve to stiffen the back, which diminishes movement. Regular stretching three times a day, ensuring you don’t sit at your desk, in your car or on the sofa for too long and going for half hour walks if you have an hour-long lunch breaks are the best ways to get onto the road to recovery.
A lot of people with sciatica get a shooting feeling down one of their legs, such as pain, pins and needles or numbness. This is a normal symptom of sciatica.
Improvement is usually noticed within a few weeks but if the pain is getting too much, simple over-the-counter medication such as Ibuprofen is usually more than adequate to help you get through your day-to-day activities.
The good news with a lot of these problems is that surgery is very rarely needed. We would, of course, recommend you seeing a specialist if we thought the problem warranted it.
Of course, as with a lot of conditions, if things get too much for you, refer to a physiotherapist or your doctor.
If you are in need of sciatica treatment in Leamington Spa, get in touch with the Leamington Therapy Centre.