Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your hips to your feet, is irritated. It usually gets better in 4 to 6 weeks but can last longer.
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. The pain can be mild or severe
How do I know if I have sciatica?
If you aren’t sure whether your pain is caused by sciatica, the NHS make it easier to check by following these tips:
If you have sciatica, your:
• backs of your legs
• feet and toes
• painful – the pain may be stabbing, burning or shooting
• tingling – like pins and needles
Your symptoms may be worse when moving, sneezing or coughing.
You may also have back pain, but this is not usually as bad as the pain in your bottom, legs or feet.
How can I treat my sciatica?
Sciatica can be horrible and debilitating. It can make it hard to want to get up and moving. However, Dr. Mark Kovacs, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, said that the best way to alleviate most sciatica pain is to do “any stretch that can externally rotate the hip to provide some relief.”(Mark Kovacs is not endorsing Flarin or any other medicinal products.)
4 exercises that help relieve sciatica
Reclining pigeon pose
Reclining pigeon | Sciatica exercises | Flarin
Forward pigeon pose
Sitting pigeon pose | Exercises for sciatica | Flarin
Knee to opposite shoulder
Sitting spinal stretch
Sitting spinal stretch | Sciatica exercises | Flarin
Are there any medications I can take for sciatica?
If you have been diagnosed with sciatica, often physical therapy is the first line of treatment. However, if your symptoms don’t improve, your doctor may recommend you take medications. The most common types of drugs prescribed for sciatica pain include:
• anti-inflammatory drugs
• muscle relaxants
• epidural steroidal injections
• tricyclic antidepressants
• antiseizure medications
Anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce inflammation and sciatica symptoms. They can include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
Flarin 200mg soft capsules contain ibuprofen. Relief from joint and muscular pain, pain of non-serious arthritic conditions (caused by joint inflammation), back pain. Always read the leaflet.