- Pain in the buttocks, with or without burning/tingling down the leg.
- Weakness, numbness or difficult moving the leg or foot.
- A sharp pain in the low back that may make it difficult to stand or walk.
- Pain often starts slowly and may worsen after prolonged sitting, standing, at night and when sneezing, laughing or coughing.
What to Expect if you're experiencing Sciatica...
- Most Sciatic Symptoms result from inflammation and will resolve in two weeks to a few months.
- Because nerve pain can be difficult to treat, severe cases may cause the pain to be quite severe and persist for a longer period of time.
- A full recovery is possible if the underlying cause of the Sciatica is correctly identified and treated.
- Apply heat or ice to the area. This can help to control the pain and inflammation. Not sure which one to apply? Check with one of our therapists.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications. These can also help to reduce the pain and inflammation.
- In chronic or more severe cases, a physician may recommend injections to help to reduce inflammation around the nerve.
- Physical Therapy. A physical therapist can develop a program of exercises and stretches specific for your symptoms. These can provide immediate relief of pain.
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