Ways to Prevent Sciatica from Happening

When the longest nerve in your body, the sciatic nerve, becomes compressed or irritated, it leads to painful sciatica. Nearly 40% of the population will experience sciatica. Learn how to remain one of the pain-free 60%.

How to avoid sciatica in the first place

Double board-certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology, Dr. Phillip Lim advises patients in his offices in Orange County and Downtown Los Angeles, California, to practice certain techniques to reduce the risk for sciatic nerve pain, such as:

In addition, be sure to get enough Vitamin B12, which helps synthesize the myelin sheath surrounding your nerves.

Exercise to help prevent sciatica

Exercise regularly to strengthen your back and abdomen muscles. Dr. Lim recommends performing certain exercises to prevent or ease your sciatica pain, such as water aerobics, which put less pressure on your back then regular aerobics, riding a stationary bike, and stretching. To reduce your chances of getting sciatica or prevent flare-ups, perform these 10 times, three times per day, every day: 

  1. Lie on your back and bend both knees. Pull one knee at a time into your chest and hold it there for 10 seconds.
  2. Pull both your knees to your chest while on your back.
  3. With knees bent, stretch your arms to the side or hold your hands behind your head while lowering your back to the floor.

A pain in the back

Sciatica pain ranges from a shooting or throbbing pain to a continuous dull ache or intermittent mild discomfort. Osteoarthritis, tumors in the spine, and back injuries, combined with years of improper bending or sitting too long, can cause a herniated disc, which often leads to this painful condition. Certain factors may also contribute, such as age (sciatica seems to occur most frequently during your 30s and 40s, and in people over 60 years of age), diabetes, or a profession requiring a lot of heavy lifting.

Your sleep position also affects your back

We spend nearly one-third of our lives sleeping. Dr. Lim recommends a variety of sleep positions to alleviate back and nerve pressure that can lead to sciatica.

Help for sciatic pain 

Dr. Lim offers a variety of treatments for patients suffering from sciatica, such as anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants. He may also use a spinal cord stimulator, which employs low-voltage electric currents to interrupt the pain signals to your brain, or radiofrequency ablation, which heats areas of nerve tissue to circumvent your pain.

Other treatments to ease pain from herniated discs include:

 

 

It couldn’t hurt to get help

If you suspect you suffer from sciatica or would like to reduce your risk for this or other painful conditions, call us or book a consultation online with Dr. Lim in Buena Park or Downtown Los Angeles today. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

What is Spinal Stenosis?

If you’re experiencing numbness or weakness in your arms or legs, it could be a sign of spinal stenosis. 95% of people over 50 will experience spinal degeneration, but treatment options are available.

What Are Trigger Point Injections?

If you have ongoing pain and tenderness from one or more muscle knots, learn how trigger point injection therapy can provide instant relief in a single visit.

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Reduce Your Chronic Pain

Physicians who specialize in treating chronic pain are urgently searching for alternatives to painkillers, which have left a trail of addiction-related tragedy in this country. Regenerative medicine offers patients deserved, non-addictive relief.

Bad Habits That Could Be Making Your Knee Pain Worse

Many people develop knee pain, mostly from injuries or age-related wear-and-tear on their joints. Knee pain can be debilitating and make it difficult to do all the things you want to do. Some bad habits may be contributing to your knee pain.

Drug-Free Ways to Manage Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is one of the most common reasons for difficult-to-manage medical disability. The general move away from opioid medications opens up the way for newer, drug-free treatment options to reduce pain and improve mobility.

The Dangers of Text Neck

Do you spend more than five hours a day with your head tilted down to scroll through your phone? You’re putting yourself at risk of text neck. Text neck is a painful condition that could cause other complications. Keep reading to learn more!