Sciatica is the symptom that pain extends into the sciatic nerve which is the longest nerve in human body. It often first presences at the spine and goes down the buttocks and finally reaches the back of the leg. The reasons for sciatica are numerous. According to the American Medical Association, the herniated discs, degenerative arthritis, vascular problems and any injuries are all can bring about sciatic. In most cases, the sciatic will go away in a few weeks without any treatment. However, you might as well to take following measures to ease you pain at the same time.
In the first several days, getting enough rest as possible as you can. Enough rest can prevent the pain from inflammation.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, sufferers can relieve the sciatic nerve pain and inflammation by taking some anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Once the symptom presences, it is effective to place an ice pack on the painful spots to decrease pain and reduce the risks of inflammation of the sciatic nerve. You may do this for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day, according to Mayo Clinic. Alternatively, you may use a heating pad on a low or medium setting to relieve you pain if the symptom lasted for a couple of days.
It is a good choice to do some low-impact physical exercises, such as stretching, walking, etc. Do avoid the high-impact activities which may intensify you pain.
If your symptoms do not go away or get any improve for several weeks, you’d better to visit you doctor. According to your symptoms, the doctor may give you some effective suggestions, such as taking some prescription medicines, having a physical therapy or steroid injection and even a surgery if necessary.