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Is acupuncture effective for sciatica pain?

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Acupuncture is one of the alternative therapies that some report relieves sciatica pain, but there is no evidence to support this claim, stresses WebMD. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin at select locations, known as acupuncture points.

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Is acupuncture effective for sciatica pain?
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Oral medications, such as over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription muscle relaxants to ease muscle spasms, antidepressants for chronic low back pain, and prescription pain medications for more severe pain, can help ease pain caused by sciatica, says WebMD. An injection of a steroid medication into the space around the spinal nerve can also help in some cases.

Surgery and physical therapy are other treatment options a doctor may recommend for sciatica. Biofeedback is another alternative treatment, but like acupuncture, it has not been proven to be effective, according to WebMD.

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