Sciatic nerve pain relief
Sciatic nerve pain relief is a goal for anyone whose life is affected by the discomfort associated with compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. In addition to localized or radiating pain, sciatica symptoms can include tingling, loss of sensation and muscle weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, feet and toes. This is generally caused by a degenerative condition in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine, such as a herniated disc, bulging disc, spinal stenosis or arthritis of the spine. Symptoms can range from mild and irritating to chronic and debilitating.
Conservative methods of sciatic nerve pain relief
Perhaps the most well-known symptom of a compressed sciatic nerve is pain that originates at the site of the nerve compression and shoots downward through the buttock and into the leg. This is a telltale sign to a physician that the sciatic nerve may be compressed and, after diagnosing the source of the discomfort, he or she will likely recommend a course of conservative nonsurgical treatments designed to facilitate sciatic nerve pain relief as quickly as possible. These conservative methods might include:
- Physical therapy
- Hot and cold compression treatment
- Pain or anti-inflammatory medication
- Lifestyle changes like starting a weight-loss or smoking cessation program
- Brief periods of rest
In addition to a physician’s recommendations, some patients also explore alternative pain relief methods, such as acupuncture, massage and chiropractic therapy. The goal of conservative treatment is to strengthen supporting muscles and promote the body’s natural healing process in an attempt to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve without surgery.
When conservative treatment is not enough
When sciatic nerve pain relief is not achieved after weeks or months of conservative treatment, surgery might become an option. Rather than resorting to a highly invasive and disruptive traditional open back surgery, many sciatica patients have found relief at Laser Spine Institute. Contact us today to learn how our minimally invasive spine surgery can offer a streamlined, patient-centered experience.
A member of our dedicated team can help you receive a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.