Low Back Pain and Sciatica Treatment: Medicine
Medications are used to control and help the painful symptoms of low back pain and sciatica, but they cannot cure the condition. Medications can be helpful when the pain is unbearable, but you'll want to make the lifestyle changes necessary to help treat the underlying cause of your sciatica or other form of lower back pain. (Check out some natural treatment and lifestyle modification treatment options for low back pain and sciatica.)
Surgery may be indicated for persistent back pain that involves an anatomical problem such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. Rarely, surgery may be performed on an emergency basis if there are severe symptoms, such as loss of bowel or bladder control, or if a tumor is present.
Effect of NSAIDs on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
These drugs work to control the painful inflammation commonly associated with lower back pain and sciatica. Some prescription NSAIDs are higher doses of the same NSAIDs that are available without a...
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Effect of Analgesics on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
Prescription pain pills may be prescribed short term for severe pain of sciatica and low back pain, but will not cure the underlying cause(s) of your condition. To cure the underlying cause, you'll...
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Effect of Antidepressants on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
Antidepressants might also be prescribed for lower back pain and sciatica treatment.
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Effect of Muscle Relaxants on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
Muscle relaxants help calm muscle spasms, therefore helping with the painful symptoms of lower back pain and sciatica. They may be ordered for short-term pain relief, but will not cure the pain. To...
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Effect of Acetaminophen on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
Acetaminophen relieves pain through different biological mechanisms than NSAIDs, which are a commonly prescribed category of drugs for low back pain and sciatica. It can cause or exacerbate liver...
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Effect of Laminectomy (Spinal Decompression) on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
A laminectomy, also called spinal decompression, is an open surgical procedure that involves removing a small portion of bone in the spine, called the lamina, in order to alleviate the pressure on...
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Effect of Spinal Fusion on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
Spinal fusion is a procedure that joins two bones (vertebrae) in the spinal column together to eliminate pain caused by movement. This, and any other surgery, is a major procedure and should only be...
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Effect of Diskectomy on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
A diskectomy is the removal of the protruding disc and part of the backbone and is done to potentially cure some of the pain associated with sciatica. The doctor makes an incision in the back, then a...
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Effect of Disk Replacement on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
A relatively new procedure, total disc replacement is now available as an alternative to spinal fusion when the cause of the injury is a degenerated disc. In the procedure, an artificial disc is used...
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Effect of Nucleoplasty on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
In nucleoplasty, the surgeon inserts a wand-like transmitter into the disc while the patient is awake but lightly sedated. Guided by x-ray imaging, the surgeon sends radiofrequency pulses into the...
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