How to manage sciatic pain
For many people, sciatica responds well to self-care. Rest for a couple of days after a flare-up begins, but don’t wait too long before resuming activity. Long periods of inactivity will actually make your symptoms worse. Applying hot or cold packs to your lower back may provide temporary relief. You can also try these six stretches to help relieve sciatic pain. Over-the-counter medication, like aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil), may help reduce inflammation, swelling, and alleviate some of your pain.