Sciatica, or leg pain radiating from the sciatic nerve, is often a result of an ailment in the back. The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back, through the hips, and down each leg. If this nerve gets pinched due to a herniated disc, misaligned vertebrae, or bone spur, you may experience sciatic nerve pain.

Surgery is a common treatment for sciatic pain except in circumstances of high severity. It will normally heal on it’s own, but a doctor can treat your pain if it becomes chronic. Treatment plans include periods of rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. Injections of steroids might also be recommended, although this is not as common, and the effects wear off after several weeks.

Cold and heat treatments have been proven to offer significant pain relief for those suffering from sciatica. Using a cold pack in twenty-minute increments will help initially relieve pain. After a few days, doctors recommend switching to heat therapy. Heating pads or hot packs will help lessen your discomfort, especially if you alternate with cold treatments. FitBrace’s innovative design incorporates the ability to insert a freezable and heatable gel pack into the unit for added pain relief. While wearing a FitBrace, you will have total back support with the added benefit of pain relief if you suffer from sciatica.

Always make an appointment to speak with a doctor of physician if you think you might have sciatica. Only a medical professional can accurately diagnose and prescribe the appropriate treatment.