What is Sciatica Pain? Sciatica pain refers to discomfort radiating along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. It’s usually caused by compression on the nerve, such as from a herniated disc.
- Conservative: Physiotherapy to strengthen muscles and improve posture, hot or cold compresses, and gentle stretching.
- Medications: Anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, or pain relievers.
- Minimally Invasive Injections: Steroid injections to reduce inflammation around the nerve.
- Q: Can sciatica pain go away on its own?
A: While it may improve, professional treatment from a physiatrist often speeds recovery and prevents recurrence.
- Q: What exercises should I avoid with sciatica?
A: Heavy lifting and twisting motions should be avoided; a physiatrist can provide specific exercise guidance.
- Q: How long do steroid injections last for sciatica?
A: The relief from injections can last several weeks to months, depending on the individual.