How to treat a sciatic nerve in the spine

Sciatic nerve treatment is used to alleviate symptoms associated with compression or irritation of the largest nerve in the body, which begins toward the bottom of the spine and runs along the lower back, through the buttocks and down the legs. These symptoms, known collectively as sciatica, can include localized pain, radiating pain, tingling, numbness and weakness. Symptoms generally are felt on only one side of the body, and the region affected depends on the location of the sciatic nerve compression. To learn about the various types of sciatic nerve treatment available, read the following article.

Types of sciatic nerve treatment

Sciatica can be caused by a variety of degenerative spine conditions in the lumbar (lower back) region, including a herniated disc, bulging disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and arthritis of the spine. When one of these conditions is diagnosed, a doctor has several treatment options available.

These include:

  • Noninvasive — is by far the most common course of action; this treatment can include physical therapy, pain medication, behavior modification and alternative treatments, such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic therapy
  • Highly invasive — traditional open back surgery involves the removal of a large portion of the spinal anatomy, bone grafts, a lengthy hospital stay and a long recuperation
  • Minimally invasive — often is performed on an outpatient basis and involves a far shorter recuperation as well as less damage to muscle and less removal of other tissue and bone^

Minimally invasive sciatic nerve treatment

If a conservative course of treatment has proven ineffective after several weeks or months, a doctor might then suggest surgery as an option, such as the minimally invasive spine surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^ Contact us to learn how our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons can use minimally invasive techniques to help you find relief from back pain.

Rather than consent to extremely disruptive, highly invasive traditional open spine surgery, more than 75,000 sciatica patients have found relief at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery uses a small incision that does not disrupt the muscles and ligaments near the spine in order to provide patients with lasting relief from their sciatica symptoms. Reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures.

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