by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, September 9, 2015
Many are looking for sciatica treatment in Flatbush. This post is dedicated to those in pain right now that want conservative, drug-free treatment options.
Inflammation of the sciatic nerve causes intense pain that often runs from the lower back down one or both legs to below the knee. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It radiates down your lower back and into your extremities. Numerous conditions often cause the nerve to become inflamed. Even pregnancy frequently aggravates the sciatic nerve causing pain that ranges from mild to intense.
At MBF Rehab in Fresh Meadows and Brooklyn, NY we are dedicated to helping alleviate your discomfort through a variety of sciatica treatment steps.
Our approach to sciatica treatment is non-surgical. Here are several options we can explore with you to relieve your discomfort and help you recover full mobility without pain.
Avoid This Type of Treatment for Sciatica Pain
Researchers have looked at a number of options. Old-school treatment often involved bed rest. The problem is, laying around and taking pain medication simply isn’t very effective. Consider the results of this study:
The results, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that after two weeks, 64 of the 92 (70%) patients in the bed-rest group reported improvement, as compared with 59 of the 91 (65%) of the patients in the control (watchful-waiting) group. After 12 weeks, 87% of the patients in both groups reported improvement. The results of assessments of the intensity of pain, the aggravation of symptoms, and functional status revealed no significant differences between the two groups. The extent of absenteeism from work and rates of surgical intervention were similar in the two groups.
The researchers concluded that “among patients with symptoms and signs of a lumbosacral radicular syndrome, bed rest is not a more effective therapy than watchful waiting.” Sometimes, conventional wisdom is not as wise as research!
Treatments that Can Help – Activity, Exercise, Manual Therapy, Education
Spinal adjustments and manual manipulation through physical therapy can help relieve the compression on the sciatic nerve. Trained health care professionals can all work together to achieve pain relief and in an effort to address what is causing the sciatic discomfort and inflammation.
We also offer acupuncture to treat your sciatica pain. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that the use of acupuncture has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of back pain, especially chronic lower back pain such as that caused from the sciatica nerve.
With physical therapy and a well-defined sciatica treatment plan, we can work with you to outline your sciatica options. We are here to answer all of your questions. Please contact us today to learn how we can help relieve your sciatic pain and discomfort to help restore your mobility and life.