Lifestyle and home remedies that can treat or reduce symptoms from sciatica include cold packs, hot packs, stretching exercises and over-the-counter painkillers, according to Mayo Clinic. Prolonged inactivity is not recommended because it can worsen pain in the long-term.Continue Reading
Initially, a cold pack left on the lower back, hips or buttocks for 20 minutes can provide immediate pain relief, as stated by Mayo Clinic. After a few days, a hot pack or heating pad should be applied. If the pain persists, cold and hot packs can be alternated. Stretching the lower back can help relieve the pressure placed on the nerve, reducing or eliminating pain temporarily. Each stretch should be held for at least 30 seconds for maximum benefits.
Sciatica describes pain that can travel from the lower back through the buttock and down each leg, following the path of the sciatic nerve, reports Mayo Clinic. Typically, the pain is limited to only one side. It is usually caused by a herniated disk or bone spur compressing a nerve, causing inflammation, pain and numbness in one leg. Usually, sciatica resolves itself within six weeks with the addition of home treatments, but if the pain remains severe and does not respond, a doctor may recommend surgery to reduce pressure on the affected nerve.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases