If you're suffering from sciatica, you know how hard it is dealing with the daily activities during your day. For many of us, the most common daily activity is sitting. We sit at work, in the car, and at dinner. While standing all the time is not a viable solution for all of us, there are ways to relieve your sciatic pain by sitting properly.

If you’re suffering from sciatica, you are likely dealing with pain that is making it difficult to sit, stand, sleep, and much more.

When you have sciatica, the simplest tasks can feel painful, including sitting. From driving to working to eating dinner, sitting with sciatica can be wrought with pain and discomfort. For some, the pain is so bad that it can become difficult to participate in family activities like eating around the dinner table.

You can’t go through life standing all the time due to your sciatica, but what you can do is find ways to alleviate your pain.

How to Sit With Sciatica

If you are experiencing constant pain, weakness or numbness in your legs or feet, severe or shooting pain, you’ve likely tried to find the most comfortable position possible.

For sitting, we suggest sitting in a chair with both feet planted on the floor and your legs at a 90-degree angle from your trunk. Placing a small rolled towel behind you in the small of your low back can also help. Some individuals may find that sitting crossed-legged helps relieve some of their symptoms. Other patients find that leaning back helps while some find that leaning on one side or the other is helpful.

Finding the perfect position may be a matter of determining what works best for you. If your work requires you to be seated for most of the day, consider getting a back support pillow for your chair. Placing a box or small step stool under your desk can also help you keep your legs and thighs at a 90-degree angle.

For those who find that leaning back helps alleviate some of the pain, choose a desk chair that allows you to lean back a bit. A recliner at home might also help alleviate your pain while you’re watching television or reading.

If your commute to work is long, adjust your seat, so that it is either more reclined or more straight, whichever is more comfortable. A lumbar support pillow may also help your journey become less painful. When sitting becomes too painful, take a break to walk and stretch your legs.

Finally, undergoing treatment for your sciatica is especially important and sciatica pain should not be ignored. Stretching, yoga, walking and physical therapy can all help diminish some of your pain. If conservative treatments have not worked, surgery may be the best option so that you can comfortably sit at home, work and in your car.

At The Bonati Spine Institute, our doctors can review your MRI to determine what the best course of treatment is for your sciatic pain. The Bonati Spine Institute provides sciatica treatment as well as a treatment for other spinal conditions as well.

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