Arthritis can result in several symptoms, such as joint pain and inflammation. One particularly unpleasant form of pain is lower back pain, caused by conditions such as sciatica and spondylolisthesis. Research shows that these conditions may sometimes be caused by arthritis.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve, which goes from the lower back to the buttocks and legs, becomes pinches, causing pain in those areas of the body. Commonly caused by bone spurs and/or herniated discs, the severity of sciatica varies and sometimes is completely treatable using home remedies. Severe symptoms require advanced treatments by health professionals.
Disadvantages to lower back pain
Lower back pain, whether caused by sciatica or many other possible conditions, may not always signal serious health problems. However, we all know it is one of the most annoying, even excruciating forms of pain.
Lower back pain can:
- prevent people from performing activities of daily living,
- cause people to lead sedentary lifestyles just to fight the pain,
- get worse over time if not treated,
- increase stress levels,
- among many other adverse effects.
Home remedies can go a long way
One of the best home remedies for sciatica and other causes of lower back pain is the use of hot and cold packs. Delivering topical cold or heat helps reduce inflammation and sooth nerve-related pain.
The Original Bed Buddy Back Wrap is a soft wrap made specifically for the lower back, as seen in the photo above. It can be safely used for either hot or cold therapy when you experience lower back pain. It's the ideal pack to use while lying down, and it fits snugly on the lower back with an easily adjustable strap.
Specifically, sciatic pain is often treated with alternating both hot and cold therapies. The Bed Buddy Back Wrap is ideal for this method, because it can be placed in a plastic bag in the freezer or microwaved for about a minute and a half. The Original Bed Buddy Back Wrap provides moist heat without water, is organic, and is safe to use in the home or elsewhere around both people and pets.
It is important to note that getting back into an active, non-sedentary lifestyle should be an end-goal when treating lower back pain so that it does not get worse.
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The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports that back paain is experienced by one-fourth of the U.S. population every three months. But you don't have to put up with that back pain that has been creeping up on you lately. Take measures into your own hands by applying the right home remedies.
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