May 27, 2016

Sciatica

What are treatment options for sciatica? (Continued)

Other treatment options for sciatica depend on its cause and include addressing the underlying cause and physical therapy. A variety of low-back conditioning and stretching exercises are employed to help people recover from sciatica. Medications used in the treatment of sciatica include pain relievers, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and antidepressants. Antidepressants actually can help in this setting by reducing pain perception in the brain.

Cortisone medications, given orally or by local injection, can sometimes be helpful in relieving sciatica.

Surgical procedures can sometimes be required for persisting sciatica that is caused by nerve compression at the lower spine. Sometimes pain management specialists help with chronic sciatica conditions. Continue Reading

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