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Sciatic Injury


Sciatic Injury

A sciatic injury often manifests in pain that radiates downward from the lower back, potentially reaching all the way to the toes. That’s because the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, and irritation can travel wherever it does. This painful condition resulting from a sciatic injury is called sciatica. The condition occurs when tissue, such as bone or disc material, presses on the nerve near where it exits the spinal canal in the lower back (also known as the lumbar region). Most often, a herniated disc or bone spur is pressing on the sciatic nerve, causing the discomfort. However, there are several treatments for your sciatic injury that either help to manage symptoms while the issue resolves on its own, or that solve the root cause of your problem.

These treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Exercises
  • Steroid injections
  • Chiropractic treatments
  • Acupuncture or acupressure
  • Biofeedback
  • Surgery

The treatment your physician chooses will depend on how severe your sciatic injury – and its accompanying pain – is. In some cases, surgery may be the only option for relief. If that’s the case for you, make sure to contact Laser Spine Institute about our minimally invasive surgeries. These procedures offer a more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery, and have a reduced risk of complications like infection. Additionally, we perform all of our surgeries on an outpatient basis, so no hospitalization is required.

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