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Our experienced medical staff discusses a common issue some of our patients face daily:

“Trouble sleeping with sciatica?”

Sandy responds:

Sciatica_Blue cartoonPoor sleep quality can exacerbate back pain and it’s common to have trouble sleeping if you have sciatica. Unfortunately, there is little proven research on the best sleeping positions for chronic sciatic pain.

However, there are recommendations that are worth a try.  To relieve pain while you are trying to sleep it is vital to position yourself specifically to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve.  For those who sleep on their side, bring the top knee up toward your head and place a pillow underneath to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve. For those who sleep on your back, place a firm pillow under your knees.  There are also a few recommendations to try before sleeping like: taking a warm shower, icing the site, and stretching.  At the Spine and Pain Institute of New England we dedicate our time and effort to help treat and educate our patients for the best quality of care.

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