Symptoms and treatment of sciaticas and treatment of sciatica
When it comes to sciatica symptoms and treatment, no two patients are identical. Sciatica describes a broad set of symptoms that can occur when the sciatic nerve, the body’s longest and largest nerve that runs from the lower spine to the feet, is compressed or irritated, often by nearby components of the spine. Sciatica symptoms and subsequent treatment will vary according to the severity of the disruption to the sciatic nerve, the patient’s lifestyle and other factors. Read on to learn about the symptoms and causes of this condition as well as the treatments available to ease your pain and discomfort.
While symptoms can range greatly, many sciatica patients experience sharp pain at the site of the nerve compression and radiating pain throughout the lower body, as well as muscle weakness, tingling and numbness. These symptoms can interfere with the patient’s ability to perform everyday motions, like walking, bending and even sitting.
The large majority of patients are able to find relief from sciatic pain with conservative treatments. These may include:
- Physical therapy
- Hot and cold therapy
- Pain medications
- Routine stretching
- Low-impact exercise
- Chiropractic care
If conservative treatments fail to provide relief from sciatica after several weeks or months, it may be recommended to see if you are a potential candidate for the minimally invasive surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute to alleviate pressure placed on the nerve. Our procedures only require a small incision, are performed on an outpatient basis and offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^
Causes of sciatica
The natural aging process is most often to blame for sciatica. As we age, the components of the spine begin to degenerate from years of bearing weight and providing the body with a full range of motion. This can prompt bulging and herniated discs, bone spurs and a variety of other degenerative spinal conditions that may eventually lead to sciatica, such as:
- Spinal osteoarthritis — which is the eroding of cartilage that cushions the vertebral joints
- Spinal stenosis — which is the narrowing of the spinal canal
- Ligament calcification — which is the loss of mobility and flexible strength in the spinal ligaments
- Piriformis syndrome — which is a spasm of the muscle that facilitates hip rotation
While it is impossible to escape the effects of aging, reducing your likelihood of experiencing sciatica is quite possible. In addition to conservative therapy, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding strenuous motions and improving posture can help relieve pressure placed on the sciatic nerve and maintain a healthy spine.
Learn more about how Laser Spine Institute can help
If you have been experiencing sciatica symptoms and want to learn more about how our minimally invasive spine surgery can relieve your condition, contact today and ask for a free MRI review.* As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped more than 75,000 patients regain their quality of life from chronic neck or back pain and we look forward to helping guide you on your journey to wellness.