Caring for sciatic back pain at home

Caring for Sciatica at Home | Advent Physical Therapy

Sciatic back pain is different than your average sore back. It causes a burning, stinging type of pain in your lower back that runs into one of your legs. This kind of back pain is known as sciatica, and it affects millions of people every year.

Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve strand in your body, and it runs from your lower back into your legs. Pressure from poor posture, lack of muscle strength and lack of flexibility can lead to sciatic nerve pain.

Fortunately, many cases of sciatica are minor and go away after some rest and simple home treatments.

Four ways to treat sciatica at home

  1. Rest — Find a position that does not make your pain worse and rest. Sciatica often develops from prolonged sitting, so try to avoid sitting for too long when you have sciatic nerve pain.


  1. Exercise — Resting too much can lead to prolonged pain. Rest is good for giving your back a break, but you need to maintain some level of exercise to help strengthen and stretch the muscles and ligaments that can help reduce pressure off your spine.


  1. Topical Treatments — Apply ice and heat intermittently to the affected areas of your back or leg. Icing can help reduce inflammation when the pain initially sets in. Heating can help provide relief from pain but it can make inflammation worse, so make sure you’ve iced and allowed some time of rest before trying to apply any heat.


  1. Medicine — Over-the-counter pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication can be used to help treat sciatica. Talk to your doctor about what medications may be right for you.

Contact Advent Physical Therapy for sciatica treatment

Despite your best efforts, home treatments may not be enough to take care of your sciatic nerve pain. Sciatica can also grow worse over time, recur frequently or be too painful to treat with home remedies. In these cases, you’ll want professional assistance.

The physical therapists at Advent Physical Therapy have experience in treating all kinds of conditions, including sciatica and other forms of back pain. Please contact us today if you’re ready to discover how we can help reduce your pain and improve your strength to help prevent more pain in the future.