Thursday, January 7, 2016

How To Treat Sciatica Nerve Pain At Home Without Medicines

Sciatic Nerve Pain (sciatica, sciatic neuralgia, sciatic neuritis) is the pain felt in the left leg that originates from the lower back and go down the leg through your left hip. This pain is associated with the sciatic nerve which is the largest nerve in the human body. The sciatic nerve is responsible for connecting the leg muscles, the skin of the leg, thigh muscles, foot and limbs to the nervous system. Sciatic pain is common during ages between 25-40 years. Most of the time the pain goes away itself if the pain is due to mild lower back pain.

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Causes Of Sciatica

  • Spinal disc herniation.
  • Dorsal nerve root compression.
  • Degenerative disc disease.
  • Lower back injuries.

 Signs And Symptoms Of Sciatica

  • Pain in the left or right leg that goes down to limbs via hip.
  • Weakness in either leg.
  • Difficulty in bending lower back.

Out of the above-given causes, a lower back injury is the most common cause of sciatic nerve pain. A lumbar injury can be caused by incorrectly lifting heavy objects. The human spinal cord is composed of vertebrae which are separated by spinal discs. These discs are composed of  a tough spongiform ring of cartilage and provide cushioning to the vertebrae.

This cushioning is strong enough to bear shocks when you jump from a height but becomes very weak when you lift a heavy object from either side of your body. Sciatic pain from lifting heavy weights is most common and be treated by oneself if the spinal disc herniation is not present.

Spinal cord vertebrae misalignment can also cause this pain. Taking NSAIDs or pregabalin in this case is of no use because the pain is rather physical than mental. If the vertebrae are aligned properly your pain will be gone. Misaligned vertebrae can also cause spinal nerve compression which may lead to sciatic pain. You can approach a chiropractor if this is the case with you. However, you can self-crack your back if the symptoms are not severe.

How To Treat Sciatic Nerve Pain At Home Without Medicines

This article assumes that your sciatic pain is due to a minor lower back injury or misaligned vertebrae. If you have other severe conditions like spinal disc herniation, piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis or if you are pregnant then seek medical help and do not follow the instructions given here.

Below are some tips and exercises that will treat your sciatic pain without medicines.

1. Walking:

Make a habit of getting up early in the morning and going for a morning walk. Walk with variable speeds. Walking will help to exercise your legs also which will help you relieve the sciatic pain.

2. Abdominal Crunches:

This exercise will strengthen your core muscles. Strong core muscles will support your lower back and prevent the risk of injury further.

3. Barbell Deadlift:

Perform this exercise only under the supervision of your GYM trainer. This exercise helps to strengthen your lower back and will increase blood circulation around the lower back muscles. Regularly practicing this exercise will eliminate the sciatic nerve pain. You should first start with the barbell only then after few days you can use weights.

For people who don’t want to do this can practice the form only. To do this exercise, stand straight and bend your knees a little bit. Now start touching your toes with the hands keeping the lower back straight. As you gradually progress keep your legs straight because bending the knees is only used to support the injured back.

4. Have Someone Crack Your Back:

Cracking the back can also relieve the sciatic nerve pain. Cracking the back brings the vertebrae in their right position if done properly. Cracking helps to correct a pinched nerve. This should be done by a qualified person or a chiropractor. However, if you want to do it yourself then check this.

5. Alternate Leg Lifts:

Lie on your back on the floor and start lifting your legs one at a time. Gradually increase the angle to keep the leg as straight as possible.

6. Barbell Squats:

If you are feeling any weakness in your left or right leg then you can perform barbell squats to increase the blood circulation in leg muscles.

According to my experience, unless you get your back cracked by someone/chiropractor, you will not get relief from the sciatic pain. If there is a compressed nerve in your spine due to vertebrae misalignment then medicines or exercises won’t work great. But you can still try the above-listed exercises to get relief from sciatica.

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