The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and goes out through the buttocks and legs. When the nerve gets irritated it can generate pain, tingling and numbness from your lower back to the feet. Often, symptoms go away on their own, though during an episode, you’ll want to control or get rid of the pain.
1 Total bed rest won’t speed healing. Short walks will improve the circulation and might speed up healing.
2 Never sit for prolonged periods.
3 If you can, stretch lightly. Don’t move farther than what’s comfortable.
4 Get over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen.
5 Use a heating pad at the medium setting for about 20 minutes at a time.
6 Use a cold pack for 15 minutes.
7 Stay active. Sitting too long can cause an episode.
8 Be careful when you lift. When you lift heavy loads, use your legs, never use your back.
9 Watch your posture. Using correct spinal position can reduce your backache and sciatic pressure.
10 Don’t do severe twisting movements, especially when lifting or carrying heavy loads.
11 When you’re driving, don’t have a wallet in your back pocket. It can give you poor posture alignment.