In our last blog, we reviewed the symptoms and the root cause of sciatic nerve pain.

We described the one-sided pain that goes from the lower back, through the buttock and down the leg. We told you how this pain is usually caused by a herniated disc in the lumbar spine, the lower part of the spine. At Progressive Health and Rehab in Gahanna, we treat back pain, including sciatic nerve pain. In this week’s blog, we’ll give some ideas for pain relief to use until you can be seen by a physician.

Because the spine is so essential and sensitive, it is very important that you don’t push yourself ‘through the pain’. This is not a pain that can be pushed through. If the pain increases, back away from that approach, but note what movements caused the increase in pain so that you can report that information to your physician. This information can be useful to your physician in diagnosing your pain.

Until You Can Be Seen

Here is a short list of some things you can try to see if they alleviate the pain.

  • Over the counter pain relievers can be helpful. Try anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen, or pain relievers such as acetaminophen.
  • Prescription muscle relaxers can alleviate muscle spasms associated with sciatic pain.
  • Relief is very personal, try both heat and ice to see which gives you relief.
  • Try to find a position that doesn’t hurt, this might be laying down on your side or on your back.
  • Because your muscles need to be kept strong, try not to be immobile too much.
  • Get to a physician as quickly as possible.


If you are experiencing what you think is sciatic nerve pain, call Progressive Health and Rehab today for an appointment.