Sciatic pain: causes and treatment options

If you experience pain in your lower back, hips, or buttocks that burns or tingles down your leg, you may have sciatica. This common type of pain affects the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the lower body, and for some, the pain can be severe and debilitating. In order to manage your symptoms, it's important to learn more about the causes of sciatica and available treatment options.

Common causes of sciatica may include irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine, lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, and muscle spasms. Additionally, being overweight, not getting enough exercise, wearing high heels, and sleeping on a soft mattress can exacerbate sciatic pain.

If you suspect you may be suffering from sciatica, your doctor can do a thorough physical exam that includes muscle strength and flexibility tests. CT scans and MRI pictures may also be used to pinpoint the affected area and rule out other issues. Most of the time, sciatic pain goes away on its own and you can get back to your daily activities without a problem. Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medications may also be advised by your doctor.

To relieve pain naturally, apply Milkweed Balm topically to the area. The anti-inflammatory properties will help alleviate your symptoms without harmful side effects. Milkweed Balm can be applied as often as needed, but should be used at least twice a day for the most benefits. As soon as possible, you should resume your regular physical activities, which will aid in reducing inflammation.  If your sciatic pain becomes overwhelming or lasts for an extended period of time, your doctor may recommend epidural injections into the spinal canal or surgery as a last resort.

Keep a jar of Milkweed Balm handy and you may be able to avoid costly and painful procedures. You can also use it for migraines, arthritis, sports injuries, and any other pain you may be experiencing.