1. What are the different types of treatment options for the treatment of sciatica?
Sciatica is characterised by pain in the lower back that moves down till the toes. Usually the pain in sciatica can be managed by self-care, but if the pain is not relieved doctors might prescribe medicines, recommend physical therapy or even give injection containing steroidal medicines. If the above treatments do not succeed in relieving pain, one might have to undergo a surgical treatment.
2. Who should I consult for the treatment of sciatica?
One must try to manage the pain of scaitica with self care, but if the pain is not relieved, one must consult a general physician who would try managing the symptoms with general medications, but if the pain is very severe the general physician might refer you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon.
3. Can I treat sciatica at home?
One can easily treat sciatica at home by doing walking or strectching exercises, by alternate hot and cold treatment in the area of pain and by changing the body postures at regular intervals. One can also consume non-prescription medicines which are available in the store for relief of pain caused due to sciatica.
4. Does physiotherapy help in the treatment of sciatica?
Body movements suggested by a certified physiotherapist help to a great extent in relieving pain caused due to sciatica. A certified physiotherapist would first determine the exact cause of pain and only then start suggesting various body movements and exercises.
5. How long will the treatment for sciatica last?
The duration of sciatica treatment generally depends on the method of treatment chosen. However, a minimum of six weeks might be needed for surgical as well as non-surgical methods of treatment.