What Is Sciatica Pain?

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More than 3 million U.S. cases per year are diagnosed. Sciatic nerve pain is one of the leading causes of low back and leg pain. It can range from mild, only flaring up when you overexert yourself, or can be severe, chronic, and debilitating. Some symptoms include pain in buttocks or leg that is worsened by long periods of sitting or standing, and tingling or shooting pain down one or both legs. Sometimes the pain is on one side of the body more than the other and can even affect the feet or toes.

How is sciatica nerve pain treated?

Sciatica pain can be fierce and excruciating – that’s what all cases have in common. Yet, every patient’s pain results from different triggers and different underlying causes, and can show itself differently from person to person. You need specific therapies to treat your unique pain pattern. Oklahoma Pain Management will tailor a treatment that is right for you.

At Oklahoma Pain Management, your treatment could include:

Coping with sciatica pain

Most people who experience sciatica get better after a little while and find pain relief with nonsurgical treatment.

  • Allow yourself plenty of time and rest.
  • Take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
  • Apply a heating pad or cold pack.
  • Engage in regular exercise – as much as is comfortable. Activity helps to reduce inflammation.
  • Stretches, like “nerve flossing” and the “slump stretch,” and other methods listed on our blog, may help provide relief. Depending on your condition, physical therapy may help build up strength and provide you with some go-to exercises to help you cope with sciatica.
  • Work with a pain specialist to find a solution that will help you find relief from your nerve pain. You don’t have to suffer alone.

For a few people, sciatica pain can be long-lasting and debilitating. You should see a doctor not only to learn how to treat the pain, but also to find out if there may be a more serious medical condition underlying your problems.

Sciatica nerve pain can be caused by a variety of chronic pain conditions, such as spinal stenosis, herniated or injured discs, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or from another condition unique to your case.

 At Oklahoma Pain Management, our doctors can help diagnosis and treat your sciatica nerve pain.