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Non-surgical treatment for Sciatica

Non-surgical treatment methods should always be used first to treat the tingling pain and numbness from sciatic nerve compression. A majority of sciatic pain suffers can improve without the need for surgery. The likelihood that non-surgical methods will be successful depends on how early the patient seeks treatment and to the extent the underlying physical abnormality has progressed (from the norm). Bulged (or herniated) discs, h typically respond well to a combination of the following conservative treatment methods:

  • Rest
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Low-impact cardiovascular exercise
  • Stretching and weight training (including specifc core and low back exercises)
  • Improved posture
  • Reduction in painful or potentially back damaging activities
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation around the nerve
  • Chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy and massage
  • Heat and ice modalities