Signs and symptoms of sciatica
Sciatica can cause mild, moderate or severe discomfort, normally only on one side of your body. It’s characterised by pain, tingling and numbness.
One of the main symptoms of sciatica, and something most people tend to experience, is a shooting pain in the sciatic nerve. It can occur anywhere along the length of the nerve, including the lower back, buttocks, down the back of the leg and into the feet.
For some, the pain is felt as a mild ache, but for others it might be severe or cause a burning sensation. The pain can occur suddenly, like an electric shock jolting through you, for example as you stand up or put your foot to the floor.
The pain in your leg or buttock may be more uncomfortable when you’re sitting down too.
Numbness, tingling and a feeling of muscle weakness in your leg or foot are also common factors of sciatica.
Treatment for sciatica
The treatment for sciatica revolves around trying to relieve the pressure of the sciatic nerve and the inflammation and pain it’s causing.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or diclofenac may be prescribed to help relieve the pain and inflammation. Codeine-based painkillers, such as Co-codamol that contains codeine combined with paracetamol, can also be helpful for easing symptoms.
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In addition to taking painkillers, you may benefit from doing some exercise, such as gentle walking or light stretching. Applying hot or cold pads to the affected area may also help relieve your discomfort.
To prevent future occurrences of sciatica, your doctor may recommend a course of physiotherapy or suggest some exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles in your back.
As sciatica can be associated with being overweight or leading a sedentary lifestyle, losing weight or getting more exercise may also help to reduce the risk of developing this painful condition.
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