Living with sciatica can make even the most basic of your everyday activities a painful endeavor. Around 40 percent of people will experience it during their lifetime and it can become more frequent as you get older.
There are steps you can take at home to ease the discomfort, as well as to help prevent it, but for more information consult with your Tampa, FL, chiropractors, Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally of Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy.
Sciatica is a condition caused when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. This is often due to injury to the area surrounding the nerve, typically the vertebrae.
When you first begin to feel the discomfort associated with sciatica, ice can help with the inflammation and the pain. Use it for 20 minutes at a time throughout the day, making sure not to apply the ice directly to the skin. After a few days, it's recommended that you switch to heat packs and alternate between cold and hot treatments if necessary.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can similarly help with immediate symptoms. But for longer-term relief exercise can be your best option. Routine activity releases endorphins, a natural pain reliever in your body.
To help prevent future problems it's important that you emphasize maintaining a good posture, especially as you work, whether at a desk or in a more active work environment and remember to exercise to strengthen your muscles.
If your discomfort from a current episode doesn't subside after home treatments, then it's time to seek professional help.
Chiropractor Treatment in Tampa, FL
Your chiropractor will focus on helping you achieve spinal mobility with adjustments, as well as to relieve pressure and pain through massage therapy. To learn more about possible treatments and to schedule your appointment today, call Dr. Kollias, Dr. Scaz, and Dr. Pally of Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, by dialing (813) 884-1457.