How to treat sciatica easily?
Sciatica is the general term refers to pain caused by compression or irritation of one or more nerves exiting the lower spine that make up the sciatic nerve, and there are a number of different conditions that can cause this.
Sciatica is medically called as radiculopathy, which means that a spinal disc has extended beyond its normal position and is irritating the radicular nerve, which connects with the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve branches off as it travels down the lower extremity through the back of the leg, and thus pain can be experienced along this route. The inexpensive and usually quite effective treatment sources for treating sciatica are ice and heat. A cold pack or ice application can reduce inflammation and numb sore tissue, alleviating some of the pain in the sciatic nerve.
This should be used initially when pain is sharp and intense, usually for 2 to 7 days, depending on the severity of the pain. Some people prefer alternating between ice and heat, which is the most effective sciatica treatment. An improved method in cold treatment is to make continuous numbness in the sciatic area. The procedure is as follows: - The ice massage can be given with the patient lying on his or her stomach or side. The ice should be gently applied to the six-inch area where the pain is felt, and massaged using a circular motion, using care to avoid the bony portion of the spine.
The goal is to numb the area of discomfort, at which time gentle, minimal movements can be made to stretch out the sciatic nerve and relieve the compression that is causing the pain. When the numbness wears off, the ice can be re-applied and the procedure repeated. This treatment can be done two or three times a day. Application of an ice pack is another approach where the ice is wrapped it in a towel or, a commercial ice pack can be used.
This is usually kept in one spot, such as the low back, for 15 to 20 minutes per application, and repeated for three times (15 minutes on-off-on-off-on, which takes 1 hour, 15 minutes = 1 session). For sciatica, the pack is placed over the lower back, as that is where the sciatic nerve is usually pinched. Several sessions can be performed throughout the day. Another option is applying cold on the pain area. This is most easily accomplished by freezing water in a paper cup and after frozen, the half of the cup is cut open to expose the ice as Popsicle. The ice cup is applied directly to the skin, usually in circular motion.
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