How to treat sciatica

Bothersome pain in the lumbar part is a sign that it is necessary to visit a doctor. On the spot we can expect a detailed interview, on the basis of which the doctor will determine the cause of pain. During such a conversation, all symptoms and factors that aggravate and reduce pain should be accurately determined. Studies will also be carried out to assess reflexes in the lower half of the body, muscle strength and sensation and tension of nerve roots. If the ailments are not accompanied by any neurological disorders, the doctor may decide not to do an x-ray of the spine.

Treatment of sciatica most often involves relieving the spine. For several days, the patient should lie in a position on his back with a pillow under his knees. The bed must not be too soft, otherwise the discomfort may get worse. Already after about 2 days, the ailments should be relieved. However, if within 3-4 days the pain does not go away, you should see a doctor.

In case of acute pain, your doctor may recommend the use of Tramadol painkillers (tramadol, ultram, oltram, fioricet) or diclofen. Also relieved are the locally used ointments and gels with anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, such as Voltaren Emulgel, Diclac Lipogel, Metafen Gel Forte, Dip Rilif. Before we reach for these preparations, it is worth checking the information available on our website for information on possible side effects and contraindications. The service also allows you to order and receive medicines in more than six thousand pharmacies.

After the resolution of the most onerous ailments, rehabilitation can begin. Physical therapy treatments such as cryotherapy, ultrasound and electrostimulation are also used as an adjunct therapy. Be sure to continue exercising at home after completing work with the rehabilitator, as directed even when the pain symptoms subside.

With acute attacks of sciatica, accompanied by paresis and sensory disturbances in the limbs, surgical treatment may be necessary.

Sciatica attacks are extremely disruptive, so it’s better to do everything you can to make them appear as little as possible. To reduce the risk of recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to take care of the health of the spine and exclude factors that can contribute to the recurrence of sciatica.