Sciatic nerve treatment
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.
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 physician has several treatment options available. These include:
- Non-invasive – by far the most common course of action; 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 removal of a large portion of the spinal anatomy, bone grafts, a lengthy hospital stay and a long recuperation.
- Minimally invasive – often performed on an outpatient basis; involves less damage to muscle and less removal of other tissue and bone; also requires a far shorter recuperation.^
Advanced, minimally invasive sciatic nerve treatment
If a non-invasive, or conservative, course of treatment has proved ineffective after several weeks or months, a physician might then suggest surgery as an option. Rather than consent to extremely disruptive, highly invasive traditional open spine surgery, tens of thousands of sciatica patients have found relief at Laser Spine Institute. Contact us to learn how our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons can use advanced, minimally invasive techniques to help you find relief from back pain.