Cure for Sciatica

There is no cure for sciatica. Most responsible health professionals will tell you that. Professionals and companies who claim to offer a surefire cure for your condition are likely offering you an expensive treatment that won't be covered by your health insurance. It would be more responsible to say that there are treatments out there that promise to make your sciatica symptoms go away. These same treatments may also make it less likely that your symptoms will ever come back. Let's take a look at what treatments are out there to make your back stronger, straighter, and more flexible so that you hopefully don't experience the pain you're in ever again.

Physical Therapy: Many medications that are taken for the treatment of sciatic pain only mask the pain. These medications may only give you short-term pain relief. In order to correct the instability of your spine or muscular problems that are putting the pressure on your sciatic nerve, you are going to have to exercise the muscles around your spine, pelvis, buttocks, and upper leg. Physical therapy exercises may straighten your spine so that certain parts of your anatomy don't put pressure on the spinal nerves that combine to form the large sciatic nerve.

What is physical therapy? Physical therapy is a general term that covers many forms of treatment. Physical therapy services are applied by a physical therapist (PT) under the indirect supervision of a medical doctor (M.D.) or osteopathic physician. The services offered by physical therapy professionals include consultation, hands on treatments, and exercises and stretching movements that are supervised. Physical therapists apply treatments that are designed to accelerate the healing of your injured tissues. Physical therapists stretch your muscles and treat your injuries as you sit or lay passively. Physical therapists model certain stretches and exercises so that you may do them at home. Physical therapists show you stretching and exercise routines so that you may be able to do them at your local gym and at home, so that you may experience long-term pain relief.

Some of the treatments provided by physical therapists are very helpful in relieving the pain associated with sciatica.

Physical therapist want to relieve pressure in your injured muscles and tissues before helping you perform any stretches or muscle strengthening exercises. In order to increase circulation in the muscles and tissues, your therapist may treat you with TENS therapy (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). This therapy involves transmitting an electric current through the skin and into the injured muscles, fascia, and connective tissues. This treatment is painless and may have several healing benefits. Some of the healing benefits of TENS therapy include is that its pain relieving effects may last much longer than medications and that there are no side effects associated with them.

Ultrasound uses deep therapeutic heat produced on sound waves for soft tissue healing. And PTs may provide you with hot and cold before and after your exercises to warm up your muscles for strength training and to prevent inflammation of the part of the body you do work out.

These treatments are designed to heal injured tissues so that the patient may be able to tolerate the subsequent exercises. But the patient may not be able to make lasting gains on the health of their back and lumbosacral region until they make it stronger and more mobile. To improve mobility and strength, the PT will introduce a program known as Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).PNF is a process of progressively stretching and then relaxing the muscles with the assistance of a practitioner - and manipulation increases joint range of motion and strength.

Let's take a look at some simple stretching exercises that rehabilitation professionals may show you to eliminate muscle spasms at and around your sciatic nerve.

Pelvic Tilt: With this exercise, lie on your back, with the back of your head proper up by a pillow. Your hands will be by your waist with your palms to the floor. Your knees should be bent. In this position, the natural curves of your spine will bring the small of your back off the floor. To do this exercise, tighten your stomach muscles, flattening your back to the floor. Hold this position for five seconds and repeat it 5-10 times. This exercise will strengthen the deepest abdominal muscles closest to your spine.