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Pain Management: Sorting Out Sciatica

Pain Management: Sorting Out Sciatica

“My sciatica is acting up.” This commonly uttered statement refers to pain that starts in the lower back and radiates down the leg. It’s mostly annoying, but it can be debilitating, making effective pain management an important pursuit.

Sciatica isn’t so much a diagnosis as it is a group of symptoms.

Don’t Let the Pain of Sciatica Linger

It may begin like a small niggling ache in your buttock. You think perhaps you bumped it and it’s just a little bruise. Then, a shooting pain extends down the back of your leg and into your toes, causing a pinpricking numbness. Sitting is painful. Walking is worse. You limp,

Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

Using ice or heat for back pain is a simple, drug-free treatment approach that can be very effective. Which one suits you best will depend on your individual back pain and, specifically, whether your aches and pains are chronic or acute.
Chronic pain may result from slow-developing conditions that cause

Is a Pinched Nerve Causing Your Pain?

Is a Pinched Nerve Causing Your Pain?

It can be difficult to cope with nerve pain like that caused by a pinched nerve, partly because of the nature of the pain and partly because common over-the-counter painkilling drugs aren’t very effective at treating it.

People who suffer from a pinched nerve or from other types of nerve pain

Sciatic Nerve Pain: How to Deal with Sciatica

Sciatic Nerve Pain: How to Deal with Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the biggest single nerve in the body, and has many sections that branch out through the lower spine area and down your legs. If any part of the sciatic nerve is squeezed or pinched, the result of this compression is searing pain in your lower back

Solutions to Soothe Sciatica: Pain Relief May Be on its Way

Solutions to Soothe Sciatica: Pain Relief May Be on its Way

Sciatic pain can be intermittent or be constant to the extent that it immobilizes you—but although it may be tempting to see bed rest as the perfect form of sciatica relief, this can actually worsen the problem, since lack of physical activity weakens the muscles that support the spine.
Medical Approaches

Is Sciatica Slowing You Down?

Sciatica is common in older adults, and your risk may be greater if you are obese, sedentary, or have worked in an occupation that requires a lot of bending and twisting of the spine. Diabetes also can make you more susceptible, since it can damage the nerves.
Sciatica is caused by

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