Sciatica is a collection of symptoms, including pain, radiating pain, weakness, numbness and tingling. These symptoms can stem from compression of, or damage to, the sciatic nerve.
If you are having pain due to sciatica, ask your doctor for information on stretches you can do at home to help ease your pain and 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, whether due to injury or a degenerative spine condition, painful symptoms can result.
Common sciatica symptoms include:
- Lower back pain
- Burning pain
- Pain that radiates down the legs to the feet
Sciatica symptoms can range from mild to severe. At times, sciatica can make it nearly impossible to get through your daily routine.
Stretches for sciatica
Stretching is often one of the first recommendations for those with symptoms of sciatica.
When starting a stretching program 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 compression of the nerve root.
If you try stretching and other conservative treatment methods for sciatica, and you do not find relief after several months, your doctor may recommend surgery.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
At Laser Spine Institute, our patients can experience a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back 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 that spread muscles without cutting or tearing
- Less surgical blood loss
- No lengthy recovery^
Learn more about our center
To learn more about your treatment options for sciatica, we invite you to contact us today. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgery has helped several people find relief from sciatica, and overall our procedures have helped more than 75,000 people find relief from chronic neck and back pain.
Take the next step toward pain relief and request a review of your MRI or CT scan to determine if our minimally invasive surgery is your best treatment option.