Sciatic nerve damage
Pain due to sciatic nerve damage can range from being uncomfortable to being completely debilitating. At times, this type of pain can make it almost impossible to go about your daily routine.
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.
Symptoms of sciatic nerve damage
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. It originates at 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 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, nonsurgical treatment options. These options may include exercise, rest, hot/cold therapy, physical therapy and other methods of nonsurgical treatment.
However, these conservative treatment options sometimes provide only temporary pain relief. To treat the underlying cause of sciatic nerve pain, surgery is sometimes necessary.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive, outpatient spine surgery to relieve chronic neck and back pain. 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, carefully chosen based on each patient’s unique situation. Some of the procedures that we offer for patients with sciatic nerve damage include:
- Discectomy — removes the portion of a herniated or bulging disc that is pressing on sciatic nerve without any destabilization of the spine.
- Minimally invasive stabilization — these outpatient procedures are performed through a small incision, sparing the muscles from being cut or torn. The surgeon removes the disc and inserts an implant and/or bone graftto provide immediate stability in the spine.
At Laser Spine Institute, we are proud to have treated more 75,000 patients since 2005 while maintaining a 98 patient satisfaction rate. Contact us today and ask us to review your MRI report or CT scan to determine whether you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.