Sciatica

Sciatica is a name for lower back pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. The back pain can spread to the buttocks and back of the leg.

HOME CARE

  • Rest as much as possible.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Apply cold or heat to your back as told by your doctor.

  • Do not bend, lift, or sit for a long time until your pain is better.

  • Do not do anything that makes the condition worse.

  • Start normal activity when the pain is better.

  • Keep all follow-up visits.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • There is more pain.

  • There is weakness or numbness in the legs.

  • You cannot control when you poop (bowel movement) or pee (urinate).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.