Medical Q&As

Sciatica - treatment?

What can be done to relieve pain in the sciatic nerve?

Pain in the sciatic nerve is commonly referred to as sciatica. The pain is often accompanied by numbness and altered sensation along the pathway of the nerve. The symptoms can extend from the buttock down the back of the leg and into the foot. Sciatica is usually caused by a protruding disc that presses onto the nerve roots from the spinal cord that form the sciatic nerve. Standard treatment usually consists of painkillers and sometimes muscle relaxants are used to relieve the associated stiffness. Physiotherapy can be very helpful in relieving symptoms and in restoring mobility. The choice of drugs and physiotherapy treatment plan are uniquely tailored to each individual depending on the severity of pain and degree of disability.