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Initial treatment for sciatica will come in a conservative form. Surgery for sciatica is often not required as the condition traditionally responds well to non surgical treatment. The only reason to consider surgery before conservative treatment would be if your physician had belief that permanent damage may occur if immediate decompression is not achieved.
Treating sciatica begins with ice therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve any swelling or inflammation. After 48 - 72 hours have passed other treatments such as heat therapy, stretching, specially designed exercises, and using over-the-counter medications to control pain can be added to the recovery plan.
Physical therapy can also prove to be an effective tool in your recovery from sciatica, and should be used for an extended period of time to help maintain spinal health and help prevent future injury. Although patients shouldn’t expect immediate results from their physical therapy, a large percentage of patients are able to notice symptoms gradually improved after a few weeks.
Chiropractic manipulation of the spine may help also be of aid by reducing the amount of separation of the surfaces in the joint resulting in an increased range of motion.
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