Can osteoarthritis cause sciatica nerve pain?
Osteoarthritis of the spine can lead to lost flexibility, bone spurs (osteophytes), irritated nerves, spinal stenosis, and sciatica.
How is sciatica and arthritis treated?
The initial treatment chosen by most patients for the relief of both sciatica and arthritis is to use a painkiller. This can help to reduce swelling and make it more comfortable for the patient to move, but it only treats the symptoms of the issue rather than looking at the cause.
Is sciatica a form of rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can cause inflammation in any joint. For some people, RA affects the joints in the spine, causing stiffness and pain. RA may also be related to sciatica. There are some home and medical treatments that can help with RA back pain.
What is the fastest way to cure sciatica?
Alternating heat and ice therapy can provide immediate relief of sciatic nerve pain. Ice can help reduce inflammation, while heat encourages blood flow to the painful area (which speeds healing). Heat and ice may also help ease painful muscle spasms that often accompany sciatica.
What can you do for unbearable sciatica?
Medications that we commonly use include anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and in more severe or persistent cases, narcotic pain medication, antidepressants or anti-seizure meds. Over the counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen can be used first and are often effective.
Is sciatica a serious condition?
Although most people recover fully from sciatica, often without treatment, sciatica can potentially cause permanent nerve damage. Seek immediate medical attention if you have: Loss of feeling in the affected leg. Weakness in the affected leg.
Is sciatica a disability?
In most cases, people with sciatica do not qualify for Social Security disability unless they also have another health condition.