Can a donut pillow help my sciatica?

Boy we get this question a lot!

We’ve talked about pain relievers such as BioFreeze in sciatica. Our answer back then was:

Now as anyone with sciatica will tell you, sciatic pain can be far from minor. However, ice is certainly one of the ways we recommend to treat sciatic pain. So in that sense, BioFreeze may help. But we can’t definitely tell you one way or another, as we’re all different.

Herein lies the problem in recommending a specific treatment. Sciatica is difficult to treat! As we have discussed in the past , there are many options. Some patients claim that massage and ice work best, while others prefer stretching. It just depends.

So can a donut pillow help? First, let’s understand what a donut pillow is, what it’s used for, and how to use it.

As the name implies, a donut pillow is simply a seat cushion with a hole carved out of the center. They are made out of foam (contoured donut pillow) or egg-crate, sponge-like material (convoluted donut pillow). They are typically recommended for:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pregnancy
  • Tailbone injury recovery
  • Anyone who is in a seated position for extended periods of time

So can they help sciatica?

The short answer is yes.

But, again, it depends.

The best answer we can give regarding sciatica is that it is a very difficult condition to deal with. It may take experimentation and a combination of two and three approaches to find the “formula” that works for you.

For example, your sciatica treatment may be a combination of ice, a donut pillow, and massage. But for others, it might be BioFreeze, a massage, and a stretch. For another person, it might be Sombra and a walk. It just depends.

We wish we could give you a secret cure for sciatica. But, regardless of what you might read on the Internet, a simple “magic cure” simply doesn’t exist.

Experiment a bit, and find what works for you. Once you find it, stick with it, and don’t give up!