If you’ve experienced chronic pain in your lower back, you know how debilitating it can be, as it makes day-to-day tasks difficult because it affects your mobility.
Some people believe back pain is just a part of aging. But, radiating pain in your lower back may be more than it seems. Sciatica may be the cause of the radiating pain in your back. Many people suffer back pain in silence for fear of having to get surgery.
Injection therapy is an option that can treat your pain and help give you relief.
What is Sciatica?
Pain from sciatica comes from compression or the pinching of a nerve in your lower back. A herniated or slipped disk in the back can cause pinching of the sciatic nerve and cause pain.
There can be wide ranges of sciatica pain levels. Some patients report slight discomfort, while others experience sensations of an electric shock. Disc problems aren’t the only causes of sciatica.
Risk factors of developing sciatica include:
- Manual Labor
Is Sciatica Dangerous?
When addressed quickly, most patients can recover from sciatica. But if left unchecked, it may lead to life-altering complications. Complications include nerve damage, loss of feeling in the leg, and loss of bowel function. But, early intervention helps you to reduce the risk of developing complications.
Can You Prevent Sciatica?
While sciatica is not always avoidable, you can take precautions to protect your back. For instance, exercise can help strengthen your back and help reduce nerve pain.
Also, developing a strong core helps support your back, reducing the strain on your nerves. Low-impact exercises such as swimming can help relieve pressure on your back. Also, be mindful of your posture when you sit. Keep your knees in line with your hips when sitting down, and use a chair with back support if you must sit for long periods. If you need extra support, consider putting a small pillow near your lower back as you sit. You can also help sciatica by keeping your weight under control. Being overweight adds pressure to the spine, increasing the likelihood of developing sciatica. Losing weight helps you alleviate some of the pressure and improve your symptoms.
Benefits of Injection Therapy
Back surgery can sound intimidating because of rehabbing and recovery times. But, back surgery doesn’t have to be the first and only option to get relief. Injection therapy is a minimally invasive strategy to treat sciatica pain. An injection session usually takes 15 minutes to complete, and the injections can get you back to your routine in no time.
Other Benefits of injection therapy are:
- A high success rate
- Improved mobility
- Reduced need for more invasive procedures
If you’re interested in learning more about injection therapy, Coastal Spine is here to help. Schedule your consultation at one of our five offices by calling (856) 222-4444.