What remedies help to relieve sciatica symptoms?
If you’re one of the millions of people who have sciatica, you might have already tried various remedies to relieve the symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness and weakness that radiate down the back of your legs. In fact, sciatica itself is not a condition, but rather a way to describe the symptoms that are caused by compression of the sciatic nerve in the lumbar spine (lower back). Read on to learn about the nonsurgical remedies available for sciatica as well as the surgical alternatives that can help you find lasting relief.
Conservative sciatica remedies
Compression of the sciatic nerve can be the result of a herniated or bulging disc, a bone spur, an inflamed or spasmodic muscle, a thickened ligament or a spinal tumor. Once a doctor has confirmed a diagnosis, he or she will likely suggest a series of nonsurgical sciatica remedies, including:
- Pain medications
- Hot and cold therapy
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic visits
- Stretches and exercises
Additional sciatica remedies
If mild pain relief methods prove ineffective, your doctor might increase the intensity of your treatment plan. Some of the more drastic conservative measures may include:
- Selective nerve root block
- Prescription analgesics or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Minimally invasive sciatica remedies
If, after several weeks or months of nonsurgical sciatica remedies, your symptoms have not decreased, your doctor might suggest that you consider surgery to treat the source of your sciatica. Keep in mind that there are a variety of surgical options, from highly invasive traditional open back surgery to Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures. If you are interested in learning more about Laser Spine Institute’s outpatient procedures, which are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery,^ contact us today.
You can also request a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you might be a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, which has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. If we determine that our procedures may be effective in relieving your sciatica symptoms, a dedicated surgeon at Laser Spine Institute can remove the agent that is pinching the nerve through a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques, acting as a remedy for your debilitating sciatica symptoms.