Sciatic nerve damage
Sciatic nerve pain, or sciatica, can range from being uncomfortable to being almost completely debilitating. At times, this type of pain can seriously disrupt your daily routine and your ability to spend time with the people you love.
Whether your sciatica pain is caused by an injury, degenerative spine condition or other cause, the pain and symptoms should be addressed before they begin to deteriorate your quality of life. Sciatica is very often reversible, but permanent sciatic nerve damage can occur if the underlying cause of nerve compression goes untreated.
Symptoms of sciatic nerve damage
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. It branches off from the spinal cord in the lower back and then travels down into each leg. Sciatic nerve pain can be felt throughout the entire lower body, from the low back into the buttocks, down into the legs and feet. Radiating pain, weakness, numbness and tingling are all common symptoms of the nerve compression that can lead to sciatic nerve damage.
Treatment for sciatic nerve damage
If you have symptoms of sciatic nerve pain or compression, your doctor may recommend that you first try conservative treatment options. Specific methods include exercise, rest, hot and/or cold therapy, physical therapy and spinal injections. It is also important to take steps that promote long-term spine health, such as maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good posture and avoiding tobacco use.
In many cases, sciatica can improve on its own with time and conservative treatment, but for others weeks and months can go by without an improvement in symptoms. In this situation, spine surgery for sciatic nerve pain may be recommended, especially in an attempt to avoid long-term nerve damage.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery to relieve chronic neck and back pain as well as related symptoms such as sciatica. Minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery, allowing our patients to experience a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication and infection.^
Our surgeons treat sciatic nerve damage with a number of procedures, recommended after a full in-person evaluation based on each patient’s unique situation. Procedures that we can perform for patients with sciatic nerve compression include both minimally invasive decompression procedures and minimally invasive stabilization, which is our muscle-sparing approach to spinal fusion.
At Laser Spine Institute, we are proud to have helped thousands of patients since 2005 while achieving 98 percent patient satisfaction.^