Managing Sciatica without Narcotics

Sciatica | Specialty OrthopaedicsSciatica is a type of pain that is caused by a pinched nerve in the back. This nerve, called the sciatic nerve, runs from your lower back through your buttocks and down the back of your legs. For some people, the pain is so severe that they are unable to walk, sit, or lay down comfortably. If you are in pain and want to try managing sciatica without narcotics, there are options available.

Lifestyle Changes

Everything from the type of shoes you wear to the work you do to your weight can contribute to sciatica, so our orthopedists will usually begin by addressing what lifestyle changes you can make to alleviate the pain and return to normal mobility. If there is an underlying cause to sciatica that requires surgical intervention,

Physical Therapy

One of the most effective ways to manage the pain of sciatica without narcotics is by doing physical therapy. Whether you see a therapist on an ongoing basis or simply consult with a physical therapist in order to learn exercises you can do at home, physical therapy can help.


Ibuprofen should be taken in moderation, and if you drink or take other medications, you should consult a physician first. However, ibuprofen does help reduce inflammation and can relieve the pain of sciatica without resorting to narcotics.

Bed Rest

Sometimes, the best way to relieve the pain and get lasting results is to simply give your body some time to rest and recover. Bed rest can be an appropriate non-narcotic treatment for sciatica.


Surgery for sciatica is usually only necessary if there is an underlying spinal condition, such as degenerative disc disease or scoliosis, causing sciatica.

If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of orthopedic specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.

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