Home Treatment for Sciatica - 'Pinched Nerve' Relief Steps 5-8

Make sure you have read these steps 1-4 for the home treatment for sciatica before reading this section. All of the steps may be helpful but it is really important that the first thing you do is sort out your pain relief for sciatica and that is discussed in step 1.

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Step 5. Should You Go to Work?


It very much depends on what your job is, how much your job aggravates your symptoms and how severe your lower back pain is. 

  • If you are comfortable at work then there is no reason not to do your job.

  • If your job involves lifting or staying in positions that are uncomfortable then you may need to stay off work for a while.

  • Get back to work as soon as you can though.

  • If you are in an office job make sure you have your workstation ergonomics properly set up as below.

Computer Ergonomics

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Step 6. Try not to worry


Most of the time home treatment for sciatica is effective and the symptoms should gradually disappear over a 6-12 week period.

You are highly unlikely to damage your spine with normal day to day activities.

If you are worrying about your back, fearing the future or have other concerns like those take a look at this advice about yellow flags and discuss it with your doctor.

Step 7. Try some exercises for sciatica


Go and see a physical therapist and ask them to show you some gentle exercises that may help.
There are some sciatica exercise suggestions for you to try with guidance on this page.

Step 8. Seek help if your symptoms worsen

if you develop any of the worrying symptoms such as pins and needles, numbness or loss of power in your legs – or any of the problems described in this severe lower back pain section then you must seek medical advice straight away.

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Sciatica Home Treatment - Steps 1-4

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Sciatica Exercises

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29-Jul-2017