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Easing Sciatic Pain at Home

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Sciatic pain can range from mildly annoying to absolutely debilitating. Sometimes getting professional help is unavoidable; at other times, home care may be enough to alleviate the discomfort. In many situations, even severe sciatic pain will disappear after about three months of conservative treatment.

Try these home treatments when you have sciatic pain. They are good options when you first feel discomfort and when your pain is not intense. Check with your doctor to ensure that home treatments are acceptable for you to try.


Gentle stretching improves spinal flexibility and helps with your range of motion. When performed correctly, it can also help build core and spinal strength. Another advantage with stretching exercises is that you do not need any equipment. You can do it anytime, anywhere.

Ice and Heat

Doctors often recommend alternating heat and cold for sciatic pain. This can give you immediate relief as the ice helps reduce inflammation and the heat promotes blood flow to the area. This helps to speed healing. Alternating cold and heat can also ease the muscle spasms you may experience with a flareup. Ice can be applied for about 15 minutes every hour and heat should be applied for about 15 minutes every two or three hours. Always protect your skin by using a towel or cloth between the ice or heating pad. Avoid sleeping while using this therapy.

Practice Good Posture

Good posture will help extend the spine and take pressure off it. Change your position from time to time, at least every 20 minutes, to reduce sciatica symptoms. Too long in the same position can cause an increase in pain.

Pain Medication

You can use NASAIDs to help ease the pain. Keep in mind that there are risks involved with long term use of these medications. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) will reduce the pain, but will do nothing to ease the inflammation, whereas over-the-counter NASAIDs like Advil, Motrin and Aleve will help with inflammation, too.

When you try at-home therapies and still do not receive adequate relief from symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Hanowell Spine Clinic offers a variety of treatments to help with sciatica and other spinal problems. Contact us for sure relief.

Posted on behalf of Hanowell Spine Clinic, LLC.

4142 Mill St. NE
Covington, GA 30014

Phone: (770) 787- 3550
FAX: (770) 787- 2304
Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Patient Reviews

Deborah C.

My knees were so bad I could hardly walk. After 3 injections no pain.

Sandra C.

Dr. Michael Hanowell has relieved my sciatica pain. I was in a wheelchair and after the first epidural I was able to walk. After a recent car accident he put several injections in my back and neck which relieved the pain greatly. He and his staff are very considerate and do everything possible to work with you on relieving your pain.

Cheryl A.

Dr Hanowell did my SCS in my back on Wednesday morning and he is one of the best Doctors I have ever met I promise you if I need anything done on my back he will be the one that works on it along with MDPAIN

Wendell M.

Doctor did explain everything be fore he started. He was nice professional and his staff was very nice and polite Great Work

Mike D.

Dr. Hanowell treated my sciatica pain & I went from being in a wheelchair and barely able to walk to being pain free. He is very professional, caring, and conscientious. He has given me several epidurals and trigger point injections for various issues related to age and injuries and his treatments were very effective. His staff is also very professional.

Pain Healed

Dr. Michael Hanowell , Kind, patient, great listener, willingness to help. Looking forward to feeling better. Thank You Dr. Hanowell.

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4142 Mill St. NE
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Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone: (770) 787- 3550

Fax: (770) 787- 2304

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