Back pain is a common complaint — in fact, it’s the fifth most common reason that people see a doctor! Living with back pain can be challenging to say the least. It’s imperative that you understand the actual cause of your back pain so that you can treat it accordingly. If you are experiencing severe back pain it is recommended that you consult your physician for advice on treatment. Chiropractic Denver shares some quick tips that you can use at home to cope with sciatica back pain and make your life a little less painful!
Home remedies for sciatica back pain
Dos and Don’ts:
- Back pain can be treated like any other muscle pain — with gentle massage and light exercise.
- Try an over-the-counter pain reliever that also blocks swelling. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as ibuprofen should do the trick.
- Massage the area with an over-the-counter muscle pain-relieving cream, gel, or ointment.
- Make sure to maintain good posture, to the best of your ability – this means sitting, standing, sleeping etc.
- Sleep on a mattress that gives you the right amount of support.
- Avoid ANY heavy lifting.
- Wear comfortable and supportive shoes.
Clean out your purse!
If your purse or briefcase is 10% of your weight, it’s too heavy! Clean it out, and make sure to only carry around the essentials. It is also important to carry your bag properly as not to aggravate or cause injury to your back. One tip is to alternate shoulders so that you aren’t applying constant pressure/weight to just one side of your body.
Sit up straight!
If you are one of the many, who spend 8+ hours sitting at a desk, it is imperative that you sit correctly. Make sure to sit with your back against your chair and place both feet flat on the floor. If you stand for long periods make sure to change your position – widen your stance or alternate your position to avoid repeated stress on the same muscles.
Get up and get moving!
This doesn’t mean go out and over exert yourself! Just get up, and get the blood pumping in your body! Walking alone can promote circulation and relax over-stressed and tightened muscles.
Symptoms of sciatica back pain
Symptoms of sciatica can be painful and uncomfortable. However, they can be confused up with symptoms for another type of back pain. More often the discomfort of sciatica pain begins within the back leg. Symptoms of sciatica vary depending on the sufferer. Below are some common symptoms of sciatica.
- The lower leg or the shifting of feet may cause a feeling associated with a weak point and numbness.
- If lower-leg discomfort is actually worse compared to back pain discomfort.
- Agonizing or razor-sharp discomfort in the back and leg is experienced.
- Discomfort is mainly in a single area rather than all over the body.
- The pain is a long-lasting discomfort within the lower-leg, back, and buttocks.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of sciatica back pain, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Your physician will first rule out acute medical causes such as tumors, internal bleeding, infection, or other chronic diseases such as diabetes. After these have been ruled out, the physical will continue the examination to determine the exact cause of sciatica.
The doctor may choose to do one of the following examinations:
Chiropractic Denver - Physical examination
- Reflexes: wear or absent ankle-jerk reflex.
- Foot may be bent inward or downward with extreme difficulty.
- Reproduction of sciatica pain when the leg is lifted straight off the exam table.
- Weakness of knee bending.
- EMG (recording of electrical activity in muscles): needles are strategically placed along the nerve passage, and the electrical conduction is recorded
- Radiological exams: X-rays, MRI’s CAT scans, etc. may all be included as part of the examination process.
Above are some of the common symptoms of sciatica and what may occur during an examination for diagnosing sciatica pain. When diagnosed, the discomfort of the symptoms of sciatica can be treated.
Functional Medicine Expert Chiropractic in Denver helps you in treating sciatica back pain by using state of the art Active release techniques and stretch exercises.