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Question : What can help with sciatica pain other than medicine?
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Howard LeWine, M.D.

Robert H. Shmerling, M.D. is associate physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. He has been a practicing rheumatologist for over 20 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is an active teacher in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, serving as the Robinson Firm Chief. He is also a teacher in the Rheumatology Fellowship Program.

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The sciatic nerve travels from the lower spine through the buttock and back of the leg. Sciatica is a painful condition caused by  injury to this  nerve.

Common causes of sciatica are disc disease and arthritis in the spine.

A variety of medications may help. These include pain relievers, corticosteroids and drugs  for nerve pain.

Studies of non-drug treatments don’t give us a clear picture of which ones are most helpful. But options include: The

  • Exercise (especially stretching and strengthening of core muscles in the lower back)
  • Physical therapy
  • Loss of excess weight
  • Not sitting too long, especially on a hard surface
  • Massage
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care

Surgery may also be an option if other treatments, including medicine, have failed. That is, if the problem can be fixed with surgery.

There is not a single, best treatment for sciatica.  It can take a bit of “trial and error” to find the best treatment for any person. Fortunately, most cases improve over a number of days or weeks.

 

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