In the past, a common treatment for sciatica was bed rest, but numerous studies have shown that continuous bed rest can actually do more harm than good. The modern way of treating sciatica is to have the patient be active from the very beginning. Non-surgical treatments that are helpful for this condition include, pain management treatment, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment and spinal decompression treatment.
Medication options typically include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as Tylenol to start, along with Valium to relax the muscles. Opoid medications may be useful for the short term acute pain.
- Medrol Dosepak can also provide considerable pain relief, but it should only be given once every two years as there are some risks involved.
- Epidural steroid injections, which are given in conjunction with medicines. These injections are usually given in a sequence and may bring complete relief for the patient right after the second or third injection.