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Sciatica Treatment: What Can I Do To Ease Sciatica Pain?

June 07, 2017 in Sciatica

Sciatica pain comes from irritation of the sciatic nerve and can cause numbness, tingling, burning and aching in the back and thighs. Depending on the severity of your sciatica, the discomfort can range from mild to extreme pain. There are a variety of ways that patients can ease sciatica pain including medication, natural methods for pain relief and the innovative TENS technology.

Ease Sciatica Pain With Medication

Oral and injectable medications are one of the most common methods of sciatica treatment to help relieve sciatica pain. Nonsteroidal over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications are the easiest solutions for easing discomfort. These include:

  • Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen
  • Naproxen
  • Ketoprofen
  • NSAIDS like ibuprofen

For more severe pain that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications may be necessary. Narcotics may be prescribed for short periods of time, and prescription muscle relaxants can help reduce muscle spasms. In some cases, antidepressants may also be prescribed to help with chronic lower back pain.

Epidural steroid injections are also available for more acute and severe sciatica pain. While oral medications take time to go through your system, steroid injections are inserted directly into the problem area to alleviate the pain and inflammation.

Natural Methods for Sciatica Treatment

In addition to medications, natural methods of sciatica treatment such as chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture may also help reduce or alleviate pain and discomfort. Chiropractors, osteopathic physicians and other trained health professionals focus their efforts on improving the alignment of your spinal column. This can address a variety of issues, including sciatic nerve pain, that may be caused or worsened by misaligned vertebrae and nerves in your spine.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy offers many benefits for those experiencing back pain such as muscle relaxation, better blood circulation and endorphin release. Endorphins are one of your body’s natural pain relievers, so promoting their release into your body can help alleviate your pain naturally.

Acupuncture

Finally, acupuncture has also been recognized as an effective method of sciatica treatment and relieving associated back pain. Approved by both the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and drug Administration when performed by a licensed professional, acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles into the skin near problem areas. The idea is to rebalance the flow of energy through your body to remove blockages, restore balance and thereby alleviate pain.

What is TENS Therapy?

TENS therapy is a pain-free method of temporarily relieving muscle pain and tension, including pain associated with the sciatic nerve. DR-HO’s TENS therapy unit, the Pain Therapy System, uses 12 varieties of massage techniques and 24 different kinds of stimulation to reduce muscle pain, tension and spasms, as well as to improve blood circulation.

What Massage Techniques does TENS use?

TENS Machines imitate a variety of massage sensations. You can adjust the types of stimulation according to intensity, wave-form, frequency and speed. Massage techniques include:

  • Relaxing rubbing
  • Gentle chopping
  • Deep kneading

How Quickly Does TENS Relieve Sciatica Pain?

While all TENS units offer only temporary pain relief, DR-HO’s unit is unique in that it offers relief within the first 20 minutes of use. The Pain Therapy System provides eight modes and includes a timer for therapy increments of 10 minutes, offering up to 60 minutes of total treatment.

Additional TENS Features

This device consists of an operating unit that uses a built-in rechargeable battery and comes with an instructional DVD, four replacement pads to use on your affected areas and a pad placement chart. The unit has a backlit digital screen and is available in black or white.

If you think the TENS Pain Therapy System could help you with your sciatica pain or would like to learn more about different forms of sciatica treatment, contact us today for more information.

You can also visit our Nerve Pain page for other possible causes of nerve pain, or our Sciatica page for more information about Sciatica.

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