There’s no doubt about it—sciatica pain can derail you from your normal activities and negatively affect your quality of life. The stabbing, shooting, achy, or dull pain it triggers can make the simplest things – like walking – a challenge.
Fortunately, noninvasive sciatica treatments can ease your pain and help restore your quality of life. As holistic practitioners, the providers at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, specialize in helping patients in Northern Virginia find effective sciatica relief, no needles or surgery required.
Keep reading to learn more about this common condition, the noninvasive treatment options we can use to help, and how you can stop sciatica from returning once your pain is gone!
Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. Starting in your lower back, it continues by branching over your buttocks, hips, and legs.
Sciatic neuritis, or sciatica, is the pain people experience when this nerve gets irritated, pinched, or compressed. The result is pain that travels from your lower back or buttocks down one of your legs.
There’s no one cause of this condition. Different issues can lead to sciatica developing, including:
- Herniated discs
- Arthritis and spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Tumors or cysts
- Inflammation of soft tissues
Getting older contributes to the development of sciatica due to the natural wear-and-tear on your body. This is why the condition is most common in people over 30.
The best noninvasive sciatica therapies
At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, your provider reviews your symptoms and health history before creating a personalized sciatica treatment plan to meet your needs. When possible, our team opts for noninvasive therapies.
Noninvasive means nothing punctures or enters your body. Some of the most effective noninvasive therapies for sciatica include:
- Heat and cold therapy
- Massage therapy
- Curated exercises
- Physical therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
If these therapies don’t provide enough relief, your Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists provider may recommend a minimally invasive alternative, such as acupuncture, steroid injections, or a nerve block.
Ways to stop sciatica from returning
At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, we know that once you’ve had relief from the pain and frustration of sciatica, the last thing you want is for your discomfort to return.
Fortunately, you can take proactive steps to help stop sciatica from returning, including:
- Exercising regularly—especially your core muscles
- Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight
- Engaging in good posture when sitting or standing
- Lifting heavy objects the right way
- Quitting smoking or using nicotine products
Stop struggling with sciatica pain! Find relief through noninvasive therapies by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone with a provider at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Northern Virginia.