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Lack of movement will cause problems in other parts of your body. Find a comfortable position, but stay as active as you can. As strange as it may seem, appropriate motion helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Talk to you doctor about when to start stretching exercises so you can resume regular physical activities without pain. Your provider may suggest short walks or physical therapy. Because sciatica is caused by pressure on a nerve in your spine, complications may develop if the pressure is not relieved.

Possible complications of unrelieved nerve compression include:It's pain that starts along your sciatic nerve and spreads down your buttock and the back of one thigh.

It's usually caused by a herniated (or bulging) disk in your spine that presses on your sciatic nerve. At the visit, write down the name of a new diagnosis, and any new medicines, treatments, or tests. Also write down any new instructions your provider gives you.

Know why a new medicine or treatment is prescribed, and how it will help you. Also know what the side effects are. What are the symptoms of sciatica. These are the most common symptoms of sciatica: Lower back pain that radiates or spreads down your buttock and the back of one thigh Pain that extends from your buttock down to your foot Numbness (in severe cases) Weakness (in severe cases) The symptoms of sciatica may look like other conditions or health problems.

How is sciatica diagnosed. Along with a complete medical history and physical exam, tests for sciatica may include: X-ray. How is sciatica treated. Sciatica usually heals on its own with some rest, appropriate movement, and time. To help relieve the pain, treatment may include: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen Heat or cold applied to the sore muscles Specific stretching exercises or physical activities (motion reduces inflammation) Osteopathic manipulation Surgery (to fix your herniated disk, if the condition persists) What are possible complications of sciatica.

Call your healthcare provider if: You develop back pain when you have a history of cancer. You have a high fever. You lose feeling in your affected leg or notice weakness in your leg. You develop problems with your bowels or bladder. Your pain returns after successful treatment of your sciatica. Key points about sciatica Sciatica most commonly occurs in people between the ages of 30 and 50 years.

It's pain that starts along your sciatic nerve and spreads down your buttock and the back of one thigh. Sciatica usually heals on its own with some rest, appropriate exercise, and time. Next steps Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider: Know the reason for your visit and what you want to happen. Before your visit, write down questions you want answered.

Bring someone with you to help you ask questions and remember what your provider tells you. Ask if your condition can be treated in other ways. Know why a test or procedure is recommended and what the results could mean. Know what to expect if you do not take the medicine or have the test or procedure. If you have a follow-up appointment, write down the date, time, and purpose for that visit.

Know how you can contact your provider if you have questions. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions. Contact Our Health Professionals Find a Doctor Request an Appointment Locations Services Follow Us Related Services Specialties Orthopaedic Surgery Services Women's Orthopedic and Joint Disease Center Orthopedic Surgery Related Items Diseases and Conditions Sciatica News Could Electrode 'Pulses' Cut Back, Leg Pain Without Drugs.