What is Sciatica?
It is the sharp pain felt anywhere from the lower back, down the buttocks, behind the knees, and ends on the toes. Often the pain in the back starts on one side, the muscles go into spasm then the pain descends. Sciaticia is the result of pressure on the sciatic nerve. This may be due to a slipped disc, poor posture or swelling around an injured muscle.
When to seek help.
- If you have been in a vehicle accident
- If disabling pain develops suddenly and not improve in 24-48 hours
- If your pain is constant which has not improved after 48 hours of self treatment.
- Seek immediate medical attention from your GP if you have pain or numbness in an arm or leg, loss of bladder or bowel function or have chest pain.
When back pain strikes it is NOT recommended you take to your bed for more than a day or two, it is better to keep as mobile as possible.
What Do I Do When It Happens?
The first consideration should be to reduce any pressure on your spine. If possible lie on your bed, if your not at home lie on the floor.
Find a comfy position: try lying on your back with your knees bent and supported by cushions. Rest your head and neck on another cushion.
Try to relax- close your eyes and take long slow deep breaths. With each breath let go of tension with each exhalation. You will notice how tense you are holding your body, this is the bodies normal reaction to pain. Ensure your jaw is loose. Change your posture every so often to prevent your back from stiffening up.
Anti-inflammatory gels, Glucosamine may help. I personally like tiger balm (from the health food shop) Paracetamol, is a very effective all round pain killer if used correctly, but if these don’t help your GP will need to prescribe you something stronger (if appropriate)
The application of heat and cold compresses help.
How Do You Manage Your Back?
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