Symptoms of sciatica

Sciatic symptoms, commonly known by the term sciatica, occur when the sciatic nerve, which is the longest and largest nerve in your body, is damaged or compressed. When the sciatic nerve becomes compressed, painful symptoms can occur. Sciatica symptoms can become debilitating if left untreated. That is why it is important to learn about the causes and symptoms of this condition, through the following article, so you can consult your doctor if you believe that you are suffering from this condition.

Causes of sciatica

The sciatic nerve originates in the lower spinal cord and runs down each leg to the foot. Due to the location of this nerve and the large area of the body that it impacts, sciatica can include a wide range of symptoms that may become very severe over time. Potential causes of sciatic nerve compression include the following:

  • Bone spur
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

Symptoms of sciatica

Some of the most common sciatica symptoms include radiating pain, weakness, tingling and numbness. These symptoms typically occur in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, legs and feet. Sciatic nerve pain is most often felt on only one side of the body. At times, sciatica symptoms can make it very hard for you to sit, walk and get through your daily routine without discomfort.

Treatment for sciatica symptoms

Many people find that conservative treatments help to reduce sciatica symptoms within several weeks or months. Some of the more common treatments for sciatica include the following:

  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Physical therapy
  • Massages
  • Pain medications
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Stretching
  • Rest

However, some patients do not find pain relief with conservative treatment methods. In these cases, surgery may be recommended.

Minimally invasive surgery for sciatica

At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ specialize in relieving chronic sciatica symptoms through small incisions and muscle-sparing techniques. Our minimally invasive spine surgery offers you a number of benefits and is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^ Some of the many benefits that you may experience when you choose to undergo minimally invasive surgery for sciatica include the following:

  • Performed in an outpatient setting
  • Techniques spread the muscles without cutting or tearing
  • Reduced risk of infection and complication^
  • Reduced hospital-associated costs^
  • Shorter recovery time^

Before you make an appointment for traditional open neck or back surgery, we invite you to learn more about the minimally invasive procedures offered at our state-of-the-art surgery centers. At Laser Spine Institute, our goal is to always provide you with the highest level of care available. Contact us today to learn more about our procedures and to request a free MRI review.*

Depending on the severity of your condition and sciatica compression, we may recommend that you undergo a minimally invasive decompression or stabilization surgery. Both procedures remove sciatic nerve pressure to relieve your symptoms. The difference between the two is that our decompression surgery only removes a small portion of a damaged disc or vertebra, while our stabilization surgery removes the entire disc or vertebra and replaces it with an artificial disc and bone graft.

At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find the lasting relief they deserve, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To learn more about our outpatient surgery and find out if you are a potential candidate for our procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today. We can help guide you on your journey to wellness.

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