Stretches for sciatic nerve compression

Sciatica is a collection of symptoms that results in pain down the back of the leg, due to compression of, or damage to, the sciatic nerve. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort due to sciatica, read the tips outlined in the following article and ask your doctor for information on stretches you can do at home to help ease your symptoms.

Sciatica symptoms

The sciatic nerve originates near the base of your spine in your spinal cord and then branches outward through your legs. It is the longest and largest nerve in your body and is responsible for the movement and feeling in your legs. Thus, when this nerve is damaged or compressed, due to traumatic injury or a degenerative spine condition, debilitating symptoms can result.

In addition to pain that radiates down the legs to the feet, common sciatica symptoms include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Burning
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

Sciatica symptoms can range from mild to severe. At times, sciatica can make it nearly impossible to get through daily activities such as sitting for long periods of time, going to work or engaging in normal physical activity.

Stretches for sciatica

Stretching is often one of the first recommendations for those with symptoms of sciatica. When starting a stretching regimen for sciatica, be sure to see a physical therapist or doctor that specializes in movement therapy for sciatica, such as a spine specialist or physical therapist. A stretching program for sciatica symptoms may help to reduce lower back pain and possibly help to relieve nerve root compression. If you do not find relief after several weeks or months of stretching and other conservative treatment methods like pain medication and chiropractic care, your doctor may recommend surgery.

Minimally invasive sciatica surgery

At Laser Spine Institute, our patients can experience a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery^ through our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our minimally invasive approach to spine surgery allows our patients to benefit from several advantages not available with traditional spine surgery, such as:

  • Use of a small incision
  • A reduced risk of infection^
  • Muscle-sparing techniques
  • Less surgical blood loss^
  • No lengthy recovery^

To learn more about your treatment options for sciatica, we invite you to contact our dedicated team today. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgery are able to relieve the compression on the sciatic nerve without unnecessarily disrupting the muscles or ligaments surrounding the spine.

At Laser Spine Institute, our outpatient procedures have helped thousands of patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain each year. Take the next step toward pain relief. Request a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for the minimally invasive sciatica surgery performed at our state-of-the-art facilities.

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